The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed free-agent linebacker Jamie Winborn and waived tackle Chad Mustard, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
Winborn (5-foot-11, 242 pounds) is a seventh-year player who joins the Broncos after playing for Tampa Bay last season. Winborn, who was released by the Buccaneers on Sept. 1, also has seen time with Jacksonville (2005) and San Francisco (2001-05) during his NFL career.
Selected by the 49ers in the second round (47th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft from Vanderbilt University, Winborn has played 62 career regular-season games (19 starts). He owns 266 tackles (171 solo), nine sacks (70 yds.), three interceptions (41 yds.), 11 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for his career. The 27-year-old also has totaled 31 special-teams tackles and played one postseason game (2001 season) as a professional.
In 2006, Winborn appeared in 14 games (0 starts) for Tampa Bay and posted a career-high 14 special-teams tackles while adding six stops (4 solo) on defense. He joined the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent after finishing the 2005 campaign with Jacksonville, which acquired him in a trade from San Francisco in October of that season.
Winborn started a career-high 10 of his 14 games played with the 49ers in 2004, ranking third on the club with a personal-best 104 tackles (64 solo). He also recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks (39.5 yds.) that season while adding one interception and three forced fumbles.
During the 2003 season, Winborn posted 61 tackles (40 solo) and three sacks (18 yds.) in nine games of action for San Francisco. He started three games with the 49ers in 2002 and registered four starts with the club as a rookie in 2001.
A three-year starter at Vanderbilt, Winborn finished his collegiate career with 377 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He was tabbed a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a sophomore.
Winborn earned all-state honors at Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka, Ala., and was born May 14, 1979.