A day after serving more than two dozen players, the Denver Broncos brought back a pair of acquired veterans.
The Broncos have re-signed offensive tackle Cameron Fleming and defensive lineman Shamar Stephen, the team announced. Both were released on Tuesday as part of Denver’s downsizing of 53 players.
Fleming, 29, joined the club in May, signing a one-year free agent contract at $ 3.67 that included $ 1 million guaranteed. The former eighth-year Giant was immediately put in competition for the right tackle position, which he lost to Bobby Massie.
A 42-game career starter with stops in New England, Dallas and New York, Fleming will assume a leading reserve role along the Broncos’ offensive line, likely settling behind Massie while Calvin Anderson will back the left tackle Garett Bolles.
“I like our depth there,” CEO George Paton said Aug. 12. “I think we have four good tackles that can compete.”
Stephen, 30, reunited with rookie Broncos general manager George Paton after their time in Minnesota. He landed a one-year, $ 2 million contract in April – a depth-tied addition to Bill Kollar’s unit, backed by unmistakable starters Shelby Harris, Mike Purcell and Dre’Mont Jones.
Stephen, 6-5, 310 pounds, made two preseason appearances last month, scoring a tackle and a pass deflection. It will factor in a defensive tackle rotation that includes Purcell, DeShawn Williams and McTelvin Agim.
“Shamar really played [well] the other night he played [well] the whole camp, ”head coach Vic Fangio said on Aug. 17. “DeShawn, same thing. ‘Sosa’ (Agim) [has] been away for a while [but] when he was in there, he was doing good. A lot of these guys are doing a good job and we’re going to have some tough decisions to make.
In addition to those signings, the Broncos also claimed running back Nate McCrary and defensive back Mike Ford on waivers on Wednesday, gave up RB Royce Freeman and DL Jonathan Williams, and placed RB Mike Boone and running back. Michael Ojemudia corner on the short-term casualty reserve.