The Denver Broncos on Friday announced the signing of tight end Adam Bergen to a reserve/future contract. He officially will be added to the club's roster at the conclusion of the 2008 NFL season in February.
Bergen (6-foot-4, 267 pounds) is a third-year player who spent the 2008 regular season out of the NFL after competing in Baltimore's training camp. He also has seen time on the rosters of Dallas (2007) and Arizona (2005-06), which signed him as a college free agent from Lehigh University on May 2, 2005.
In 30 career games (16 starts), Bergen has totaled 43 receptions for 381 yards (8.9 avg.) with two touchdowns.
Bergen's most recent NFL action occurred with the Cardinals in 2006 when he appeared in 14 contests (7 starts) and had 15 catches for 11 yards (7.4 avg.) with one touchdown. He saw time in all 16 games (9 starts) as a rookie with Arizona in 2005, totaling 28 receptions for 270 yards (9.6 avg.) with one touchdown.
As a senior at Lehigh, Bergen had a team-high 54 receptions for 684 yards (12.7 avg.) with eight scores.
He attended Long Island High School (N.Y.) and was born on Sept. 3, 1983
Despite being a minor, futures contract, I believe this is the first 'deal' post-Shanahan. Maybe it will be a trivia question someday....