The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed tight end Chad Mustard and placed tight end Stephen Alexander on their reserve/injured list with a lower left leg injury, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
Mustard (6-foot-6, 277 pounds) is a fourth-year player in his second season with the Broncos who has played both the tight end and tackle positions. Mustard, who saw time in Denver's first two games this year, joins the Broncos for his third stint with the club this season after he was released following training camp.
In 31 career regular-season games (4 starts) with Cleveland (2003-04) and Denver (2006), Mustard has totaled seven receptions for 61 yards (8.7 avg.) and four kickoff returns for 21 yards (5.3 avg.). A University of North Dakota product, the 30-year-old entered the NFL as a practice-squad signee with the Browns on Dec. 3, 2002.
Mustard played 12 games (4 starts) for the Broncos in 2006, totaling two receptions for 23 yards (11.5 avg.). He joined Denver after spending the 2005 regular season out of the NFL following a stint in Carolina's training camp that year.
He saw time on Cleveland's active roster from 2003-04 and was on its practice squad in 2002. Mustard caught a career-high four passes for 29 yards (7.3 avg.) in 10 games (0 starts) for the Browns in 2003.
At North Dakota, Mustard played two years of football following the conclusion of a basketball career that saw him finish eighth on the school's all-time scoring list (1,568 pts.). He was a member of the Omaha Beef of the National Indoor Football League in 2002 after his final collegiate season.
Born on Oct. 8, 1977, in Central City, Neb., Mustard attended Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus, Neb.