DENVER (AP) -Quarterback Patrick Ramsey signed a contract Monday to be the backup to Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos.
The 28-year-old free agent who was cut by the New York Jets this month.
The Broncos also released defensive end Courtney Brown, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2000 who has a history of knee troubles. Brown's latest injury came in training camp last year and he needed surgery that kept him out the entire season.
Ramsey replaces Jake Plummer, who lost his starting job in November and was traded to Tampa Bay this month, but has announced his retirement.
Ramsey, a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2002, started 24 games in four seasons for the Redskins, but threw only one pass for the Jets last season, his only year in New York. He was released by the Jets on March 2.
He has 34 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions and a career passer rating of 74.9. He's 10-14 as a starter.
Brown signed as a free agent with Denver two years ago. In 2005, he had 38 tackles and two sacks.
Brown-out: Veteran cut
D-lineman's career might be over
By Mike Klis
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Launched: 03/20/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT
In a move that even Courtney Brown acknowledges could mark the end of his promising but injury-ravaged career, the Broncos cut the defensive end Monday.
After missing the entire 2006 season with a knee injury that required surgery, Brown sounded as if he knew his football playing days could well be finished when interviewed by The Denver Post earlier this month.
"If the knee comes around, I'm willing," Brown said. "But if the knee doesn't, then my options are narrowed quite a bit."
The knee started acting up in training camp last year and has yet to recover despite months of rehabilitation.
"It's been slow," Brown said three weeks ago. "It feels great for normal, everyday life, but we're still working on getting it football-ready."
Having indicated he didn't want to play for a team other than the Broncos, Brown is now free to take that first step toward a normal, everyday life.
The NFL's top draft pick out of Penn State in 2000, the oft-injured Brown has played in only 61 games in seven seasons, the first five with Cleveland. Signed by the Broncos as a free agent in 2005, Brown became a formidable run-stopper for a defense that reached the AFC championship game that season.
Bye Brown.... we will miss you.