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Broncos match Jets' offer for TE Putzier

DENVER (March 10, 2005) -- The Denver Broncos matched the New York Jets' offer to restricted free agent Jeb Putzier, agreeing to keep the tight end for the next five seasons.

Putzier, who played all 16 games for Denver last season and had 36 catches for 572 yards and two touchdowns, will also get a $2.5 million signing bonus. As a player heading into his fourth year, Putzier became a free agent, but the Broncos had the right to match any offer he received.

The Broncos had already lost safety Kenoy Kennedy, defensive lineman Reggie Hayward and linebacker Donnie Spragan to free agency. All were unrestricted free agents.

Denver also re-signed unrestricted free agent Mike Leach. He's listed as a tight end but works primarily as the team's long snapper.

The Broncos are also dealing with defensive end Bryan Robinson, a possible replacement for Hayward, and quarterback Jeff Garcia, a possible backup to Jake Plummer. Both have visited the team recently and are in negotiations.

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