In midst of Welker signing, Broncos sign two defensive players

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The huge news in Denver sports, or the world of sports in general, has been the Denver Broncos signing Wes Welker. Behind all of it, the Broncos were able to sign two players to help out on the defensive side of the ball. Stewart Bradley and Terrance Knighton each signed deals Wednesday to make them part of the Broncos team.

Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Stewart Bradley against the Buffalo Bills at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley is a linebacker who was signed to a one year deal, and he will help out a lot on special teams. The 29-year old has played with the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals in his career, and he started 28 games combined between 2008 and 2009. With the departure of D.J. Williams, Bradley could find himself in the discussion for middle linebacker at some point in the season.

November 8, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (96) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Knighton was a smart pickup, also, and will help out on the defensive line. John Elway tweeted about the impressiveness of his athleticism for his size, and the 26-year old could give Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson a run for their money in 2013. I would have to think that playing under Jack Del Rio for three years in Jacksonville played a big role in the signing, and it’s one that I like for the Broncos.

The Broncos had four players visit the team yesterday. Two of them, Bradley and Knighton, have signed with the team. Rashard Mendenhall signed with the Arizona Cardinals and the final player, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, is still unsigned. Picking up two of the four is big for Denver and it’s nice to see them bolstering the defense the same day they acquire one of the best offensive players in the league.