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Postby sox 06 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:03 am

The Denver Broncos on Wednesday night won the battle for coveted backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey, with ESPN.com learning the club has reached a contract agreement with the five-year veteran.

Ramsey, 28, will sign a two-year contract worth approximately $5 million, with about $1.5 million in guarantees.

The Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers also were interested in Ramsey, who recently was released by the New York Jets after only one season with the team. Ramsey will become the backup to Denver second-year pro Jay Cutler, and he ostensibly replaces Jake Plummer in that role.

Denver last weekend traded Plummer to Tampa Bay, and the veteran abruptly retired. The Broncos then began exploring their options for a proven veteran to back up Cutler, their first-round choice in 2006, and quickly targeted Ramsey.

The Broncos will be Ramsey's third team in three seasons, but one of the reasons he settled on Denver as his new home is the overall stability of the organization and the chance to settle in with a franchise and coaching staff he respects.

The first-round choice of the Washington Redskins in 2002, Ramsey has played in 34 games, and his résumé includes 24 starts. He has completed 480 of 862 passes for 5,649 yards, with 34 touchdown passes, 29 interceptions and a passer rating of 74.9. His best season came in 2002, when he made 11 starts for the Redskins. Although he had a 4-7 record that year, Ramsey had 14 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

The former Tulane star threw only one pass for the Jets in 2006, and New York released him rather than pay a roster bonus due this spring.

Blessed with a strong arm and solid pocket presence, Ramsey has suffered from being overcoached at times and, certainly during his tenure under coach Joe Gibbs in Washington, he was mishandled and lost confidence.

Given the volume of teams that pursued him after the Jets released him, though, it appears there are still people in the league who value him.


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Postby Dawinner127 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:14 am

I new Ramsey was going to get cut and then signed by another team, but I wasn't expecting it to be the Broncos with them already having Cutler.
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Postby sox 06 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:56 am

Dawinner127 wrote:I new Ramsey was going to get cut and then signed by another team, but I wasn't expecting it to be the Broncos with them already having Cutler.

They needed a QB since Plummer retired/was traded. I would think Ramsey going to Houston would have made more sense.
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Postby dboney » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:17 pm

I know he's just going to be a backup but why is he so coveted, he couldnt even beat out Brunell.
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Postby Kensat30 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:59 pm

Ramsey was once upon a time a very promising young QB. If Spurrier hadn't ruined him, who knows where he would be right now.

I really like the fit in Denver for Ramsey. Not only does he have an opportunity (playing behind a young QB who could falter), but he chose the right team to do it on. Who in their right mind would want to go to Houston to compete with Carr, Rosenwhatever anyways? Sure he would have the opportunit to make Andre Johnson look good, but that's about it. That's a crappy team with a crappy outlook for the next few years at least.

In Denver, the pieces are in place for Ramsey to ressurrect his career if something where to happen to Cutler. And for Denver it's a nice cheap signing as well. Ramsey is no veteran, but not many backup QBs have as much potential as him either.
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