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Broncos, WR Stokley reach deal

DENVER (March 20, 2007) -- Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Brandon Stokley has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Denver Broncos.

Stokley's agent, Rick Smith, confirmed the deal. Various reports said it's a one-year deal. Smith didn't reveal how much the deal was worth, and the Broncos said they couldn't comment on the agreement.

Stokley, who was injured much of last season, was released March 2 by the Colts. He also visited New Orleans before agreeing to the Broncos' offer.

Stokley played in just four games, catching eight passes for 85 yards and one touchdown last season. He was hampered by ankle and knee injuries and ruptured his right Achilles' tendon on Dec. 10 at Jacksonville, ending his season.

Stokley, 30, was the Colts' No. 3 receiver behind Pro Bowlers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. In 2004, he was part of the first receiving trio in league history to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Stokley finished that season with 68 catches for 1,077 yards and 10 TDs.

In his eight-year career, Stokley has 199 catches for 2,829 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Stokley will be an insurance policy for Rod Smith, who had surgery on his left hip on Feb. 26 and is expected to be out four months. Smith, who will turn 37 in May, had just 52 catches last season, his fewest since 1996.

Second-year pro Brandon Marshall is expected to start alongside Javon Walker.

Stokley also won a Super Bowl title with Baltimore in 2001, when he scored the Ravens' first touchdown in their 34-7 victory over the New York Giants.

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