Top 5: Worst Broncos free agent signings


5. Eddie Kennison, wide receiver

Kennison signed with the Broncos in 2001 and never had any kind of impact. After signing, he earned a starting spot in training camp. The receiver caught one touchdown in eight games and then asked to be released. Coach Mike Shanahan let him go but Kennison resurfaced with the Chiefs a little over two weeks later.

4. Travis Henry, running back

Shanahan looked for a dominant running back since the days of Terrell Davis. One of the worst replacements was Henry. He signed with the Broncos in 2007 and played only one season of his five-year contract. He actually led the NFL in rushing through the first games of 2007 before becoming injury prone.

Henry also had plenty off the field issues. He was suspended for marijuana use and also reportedly had 11 children with 10 different women. Henry has been in-and-out of prison in recent years due to a drug-trafficking case.

3. Jarvis Green, defensive end

When the Broncos brought in Josh McDaniels, they were looking for a new attitude. McDaniels, who was a disaster himself, brought in one of his former defensive players from New England. Green signed a four-year deal but never played a regular-season snap. He was cut in the preseason and was complete waste of time for the Broncos.

2. Daryl Gardener, defensive tackle

What a big bust this guy was for the Broncos. Shanahan looked to beef up the defensive line and again swung and missed in free agency. Gardener had 15 tackles in five games in Denver. He was also suspended for getting in a fight in the parking lot of an IHOP in the Mile High City. Shanahan struggled judging defensive line talent to say the least. See Jarvis Moss, Courtney Brown, Marcus Thomas, Sam Adams and others.

1. Dale Carter, cornerback

Carter was one of the best corners in the league when he was with the Chiefs. So when the Broncos signed him in 1999, it looked like a game-changing move. Carter had just two interceptions in 1999, the only year he played for the Broncos. He was then suspended for the whole 2000 season for violating the NFL drug policy. Carter never played again for the Broncos. His four-year, $22.8 million contract was a total waste of money.

Chris Schmaedeke is currently the Assistant Sports Editor at the Daily Camera in Boulder. He has worked in sports journalism in Colorado since 2001 when he started at the Rocky Mountain News. He has covered the Denver Broncos for several websites over the past two years.

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