ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday acquired offensive lineman Russ Hochstein (HOKE-stine) in a trade from the New England Patriots, it was announced. In exchange, Denver sent New England an undisclosed pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. (Note: apparently the Broncos are returning the 7th-round pick the Patriots had sent as part of the Le Kevin Smith trade. So, the Broncos now have 6 choices left - in each of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th rounds.)
The Broncos also on Tuesday waived rookie tackle Stanley Bryant, who joined the club as a college free agent from East Carolina University.
Hochstein (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) is a ninth-year player who spent the last seven seasons (2002-08) with New England. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft from the University of Nebraska and saw time on the Buccaneers’ roster during his rookie year as well as the first two weeks of the 2002 campaign before joining the Patriots.
Hochstein has played 92 career regular-season games (20 starts) and 14 playoff contests (5 starts), including three Super Bowls. During seven years with the Patriots, he started 25 games at five different positions (10 at center, 7 at right guard, 5 at left guard, two at fullback and one at tight end) and was part of two Super Bowl wins along with five division titles.
In 2008, Hochstein saw time in 15 games for the Patriots and started the final two games of the season at fullback. He started a career-high eight games with New England in 2007, helping the club set NFL records for points (589) and touchdowns (75) en route to becoming the first team in league annals to post a 16-0 regular-season record.