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Report: Broncos sign veteran tight end Nick Vannett to a two-year deal

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Broncos get themselves a blocking tight end.

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According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos have signed tight end Nick Vannett to a two-year deal.

Vannett is a 6’6”, 261lb tight end who is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He is a former third-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks and Vannett played his college ball at Ohio State.

Throughtout his five seasons in the NFL, Vannett has totaled 61 receptions for 591 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, his receving game is not why the Broncos signed Vannett. They signed him for his run blocking ability which he is known for.

With Noah Fant likely going to focus more on being a receiver, the Broncos needed to find themselves a blocking specialist to pair with their explosive tight end. Well, Vannett fits that role well and now, could push veteran Jeff Heuerman off the roster. Heuerman filled this role last year for the Broncos can save $3,875,000 by releasing him while only getting a $500,000 dead money hit. So that is a move I see happening in response to this addition.

It’s not the sexiest of moves, but it gives the Broncos a big run blocking tight end to help open up running lanes for newly signed running back Melvin Gordon and the explosive Phillip Lindsay.

Update

Here are Nick Vannett’s contract details.

Not a bad deal and cheaper than what Heuerman is making currently.