Broncos DE Mitch Unrein signs ERFA tender

4/11/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Denver Broncos defensive linesman Mitch Unrein signed his exclusive-rights free agent tender on Thursday. Mitch Unrein will return for a year on the $630,000 tender. This makes Mitch Unrein the third Denver Broncos player this week to sign his contract tender after running back Lance Ball and tackle Chris Clark already dealt with theirs.
Cornerback Tony Carter and punter Britton Colquitt were also given exclusive-rights free agent tenders the Denver Broncos, but both haven’t signed on their deals yet.
The move was expected by Mitch Unrein since as a third-year player he is still not free to negotiate with any other teams. Mitch Unrein could have only qualified as a true free agent had the Denver Broncos non-tendered him; and if he makes the final 53-man roster, then he’ll be deemed as a restricted free agent next offseason.
Tony Carter’s tender reportedly offers a $715,000 salary, and he too could become a restricted free agent next offseason.
Mitch Unrein has played 30 regular-season games (with two starts) and three preseason contests during the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos. However, last season the Denver Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein was brought in to play fullback on a goal-line situation against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mitch Unrein caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning during the Denver Broncos’ 31-23 win in Week 13 to become the first defensive lineman in team history to score on a reception.
The 26-year-old Mitch Unrein also had 20 tackles and one fumble recovery while serving as a rotational defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos last season. Mitch Unrein expects to return in the same capacity, behind starters Terrence Knighton and Kevin Vickerson in the 2013 season.
Originally entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2010, Mitch Unrein spent the end of the season on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad, working towards increasing his playing time from 14 regular season games in 2011 to all 16 in 2012.
The 6-4, 291-pound Mitch Unrein totaled 162 tackles and 10.5 sacks during his collegiate career at University of Wyoming.
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