Broncos Sign FB Kyle Eckel

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels has filled the roster spot created by the release of second-year quarterback Tom Brandstater by signing veteran fullback Kyle Eckel to an undisclosed contract.

An undrafted free agent out of Navy, Eckel (5-11, 237) began his NFL career with the New England Patriots in 2005. Waived at the end of training camp, Eckel was claimed by the Miami Dolphins, spending two years on the team's "Reserve/Military" list.

Waived by the Dolphins, Eckel re-joined the Patriots in 2007, when McDaniels was working as the New England's offensive coordinator. Eckel began the 2008 season with New England, but was waived and signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Waived by Philadelphia last September, Eckel joined the New Orleans Saints midway through the season, starting two of 7 games, and appearing in all three of the Saints' playoff games, including their 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

In his 24-game career, Eckel has 59 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns, 3 receptions for 20 yards, and 13 tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.

Eckel becomes the only fullback on the Broncos' 80-man off-season roster.

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