The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed tight end Dante Rosario, it was announced. To make room for Rosario on its 53-man roster, the club waived linebacker Mike Mohamed. Rosario (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) is a fifth-year player who saw action in two games with Miami this season after competing with Denver during the preseason and being waived on Sept. 3. For his career, he has seen action in 64 games (21 starts) and totaled 82 receptions for 894 yards (10.9 avg.) with four touchdowns.
He spent his first four NFL seasons with Carolina under Head Coach John Fox, posting a career-high 32 catches for 264 yards (8.3 avg.) and recording at least one reception in 15-of-16 games for the Panthers in 2010. Rosario was selected by Carolina in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft from the University of Oregon, where he played 47 games (27 starts) and registered 42 receptions as a senior to set a school record for a tight end. He attended Dayton High School in Dayton, Ore., and was born on Oct. 25, 1984. He will wear No. 81 for the Broncos.
This move makes sense, since the injury to Julius Thomas last Sunday watered down the edge blocking for the Bronco running game. The rash of injuries taken by Denver players has already had an affect on the play-calling.
The Broncos can re-sign Mohamed to the Practice Squad if he passes through the 24-hour waiver wire.