Broncos P Colquitt signs free agent tender

Denver punter Britton Colquitt has signed his free agent tender

that will pay him $1,323,000 next season.

The Broncos gambled slightly by tendering him with a ”right of

first refusal” distinction, a tender that paid him less than the

$2,023,000 that comes with a ”second round” distinction and

opened the possibility of other teams making a bid on him.

The Broncos have told Colquitt, who made $615,000 last year,

that they hope to discuss a long-term contract before the


Colquitt ranked third in the NFL in 2012 in net punting with a

42.1-yard average, second with a 6-yard return average and second

with 45 punts inside the 20 with only seven touchbacks.

He is the franchise leader in career gross (46.1) and net (39.5)

punting averages.