The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed free-agent linebacker Jordan Beck, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The club also on Tuesday released linebacker D.D. Lewis.
Beck (6-foot-2, 233 pounds) is a third-year player who joins the Broncos from Atlanta, which waived him on Sept. 2 after he competed in the Falcons' training camp. Beck entered the NFL with Atlanta as a third round (90th overall) selection in the 2005 NFL Draft from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Beck has played 15 career games, all of which occurred during the 2006 season with Atlanta. He ranked second on the Falcons that year with 13 special-teams tackles after spending his rookie campaign in 2005 on Atlanta's reserve/injured list with a broken foot.
The 27-year-old finished his career at Cal Poly as its all-time leading tackler with 449 stops to go along with 16.5 sacks. Beck was the recipient of the 2004 Buck Buchanan Award (Division I-AA's top defensive player) and twice was named the Great West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
A two-time honorable mention all-state selection on defense at San Lorenzo Valley High School in Mount Hermon, Calif., Beck also competed at wide receiver and punter during his prep career. He was born on April 18, 1983.