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Broncos re-sign TE Jeff Heuerman to two-year deal

Jeff Heuerman

The Denver Broncos have been one of the league’s top spenders so far this offseason. Between their blockbuster acquisition of quarterback Joe Flacco and their recent signing of right tackle Ja’Wuan James, a lot of capital has been added to the roster. Denver is determined to return to the playoffs in 2019, albeit with a plan many pundits find flawed.

In a less flashy move, the Broncos are re-signing tight end Jeff Heuerman to a two-year deal worth $9 million.

Heuerman spent the last three seasons with Denver. In 2018, he was their starting tight end, and he is now poised to return to that role.

The Broncos could also see Heuerman simply as depth. There is still a chance they make another blockbuster move this offseason by adding a top free agent tight end like Jared Cook or Tyler Eifert. Denver could also look to strengthen the position in the upcoming draft. However, given their limited resources, they might be best off giving the job to Heuerman to start the year.

The 26-year-old was drafted in the third round of the 2015 draft. He tore his ACL that season, but after recovering, Heuerman slowly worked his way into a starting role. Last year, he tallied 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared in only 11 games after breaking three ribs and bruising a lung in a game in late November.

While the Broncos struggled in 2018 and have not made the playoffs since winning it all in 2015, they look poised for a run next season.