The Denver Broncos on Saturday signed defensive ends Jarvis Moss and Tim Crowder, both of whom they selected in the 2007 NFL Draft. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
All four of the Broncos' selections in the 2007 NFL Draft are now signed.
Moss (6-foot-6, 251 pounds) was selected by the Broncos in the first round (17th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft from the University of Florida. He played 26 career games (13 starts) for the Gators, totaling 87 tackles (64 solo), 15 sacks (114 yds.), six pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The defensive end started all 13 games as a redshirt junior in 2006, posting 7.5 sacks and helping the Gators to victories in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game and BCS national championship game. Moss, who posted two sacks in Florida's 41-14 win against Ohio State to clinch the national title in 2006, led Florida with 7.5 sacks in 11 games (0 starts) during the 2005 season.
A Parade and USA Today All-American as a senior at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, Moss was born on Aug. 3, 1984, in Denton, Texas.
Crowder (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) was selected by the Broncos in the second round (56th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft from the University of Texas. He played 51 career games (47 starts) for the Longhorns, totaling 191 tackles (118 solo), 19 sacks (120 yds.), two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The defensive end received first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors in each of his final two seasons at Texas. Crowder garnered second-team All-America honors (Walter Camp) after leading the Longhorns with 10.5 sacks as a senior in 2006 and helped Texas to a BCS national championship victory in 2005.
A three-year letterwinner at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, Crowder earned second-team all-state honors during his senior year. He was born on June 30, 1985, in Tyler, Texas.
The Broncos made several other roster moves on the eve of their first team workout as well.
As expected, DL Kenny Peterson was released. Peterson was a fringe player to begin with but seemed to seal his fate when he was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's steriod policy.
The team also released FB Thump Belton in a move that is sure to disappoint dozens of Broncos fans. What is the "Free Thump Belton" movement to do now?
In a bit of disturbing news, the team placed WR Brandon Marshall to the Physically Unable to Perform(PUP) list. Marshall has been battling various leg injuries throughout the off-season. While the Broncos have the ability to activate Marshall at any time it also means Marshall could miss significant time. The team does not have to make a decision on a player on the PUP list until after Week 6 of the regular season. Also added to the PUP List were WR Rod Smith and TE Tony Scheffler. Neither is a surprise and both are hopeful to be ready by the start of the regular season.