The Denver Broncos‘ linebacker corps has dealt with a number of injuries this season. As a result, the team added a veteran to its roster on Tuesday to provide some depth at that position.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Broncos are signing linebacker Avery Williamson. He was cut by the Tennessee Titans last week.
Williamson, a former fifth-round pick out of Kentucky, began his NFL career with the Titans in 2014. After four productive years, he signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract with the New York Jets in 2018.
In his first season with the Jets, Williamson racked up 120 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL in his second year with the team.
Williamson spent half of the 2020 season with the Jets before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 52 tackles and a sack in eight games.
Veteran LB Avery Williamson is signing with the Broncos, per his marketing agent @alexanderaigen.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 9, 2021
The latest move for Williamson will mark his second stint with the Broncos. He was on their practice squad before he reunited with the Titans.
It’s tough to tell what Williamson’s role will look like in Denver. The current starting inside linebackers on Vic Fangio’s defense are Baron Browning and Kenny Young.
The Broncos will take on the Eagles this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET from Empower Field at Mile High.