Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jammer Joins Former Chargers in Denver

(CBS Sports)
Yesterday, veteran defensive back Quentin Jammer signed a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

Jammer spent the first eleven years of his career with the San Diego Chargers, going 6-6 against the Broncos during that time frame.  Now in Denver, Jammer is joining a few familiar faces.

Offensive guard Louis Vasquez and pass rusher Shaun Phillips, two other former Chargers, signed with Denver earlier in the offseason.  Fullback Jacob Hester is also still on the roster—he joined the Broncos in 2012 after spending his first four seasons with San Diego.

"It's great to have familiar faces," Jammer told Gray Caldwell of the team's official website.

Both Phillips and Jammer were key cogs in San Diego's defense from the early 2000s until the present, with Phillips earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and Jammer being named to the team' 50th Anniversary team in 2009.

Meanwhile, Vasquez was by far San Diego's best offensive lineman in 2012, earning a 13th overall ranking among all NFL guards in overall productivity from last season.

In Denver, Phillips and Jammer figure to be rotational defenders while Vasquez is all but assured to earn a starting gig.  If the Broncos carry a fullback this season, Hester has the best shot at winning the job.

The Chargers, on the other hand, have two former Broncos on their roster in wide receiver Eddie Royal and fullback Chris Gronkowski.  Royal signed with the Chargers last summer and went on to catch 23 passes for 234 yards and one score in 2012.

Gronkowski spent most of 2012 on Denver's roster, active for fourteen games, catching one pass for 11 yards.  He is expected to compete for the Chargers' fullback job in training camp.

In an offseason noted by veteran players joining former division rivals, the Broncos appear to have gotten the best of the AFC West once again.