Broncos agree to terms with Caleb Hanie

A little over a month ago, John Fox said the Broncos would acquire at least two new quarterbacks to the Denver roster this offseason:

Who, what, where, when, what market — it's still way too early how we get those quarterbacks.

Of course, few could have predicted that the first two steps in Denver's QB overhaul would be the acquisition of Peyton Manning and trade of Tim Tebow for a mid-round pick. That changeover is another step closer to completion today, albeit in less dramatic fashion, and involving a far-less heralded player.

The Broncos added former CSU Ram and Chicago Bear Caleb Hanie, who agreed to a two-year deal; Hanie (6-2, 222) spent four seasons in Chicago backing up former Broncos Kyle Orton and Jay Cutler, going winless in four starts last year after Cutler broke his thumb.

When Cutler departed the 2010 NFC title game with a knee injury, and backup Todd Collins was yanked due to ineffectiveness, the third-string Hanie surprisingly rallied the Bears to two fourth-quarter touchdowns against the Packers to give his team a chance. But sandwiched between those scores was a stunning pick-six by behemoth nose tackle B.J. Raji, and a fourth-down Sam Shields interception short-circuited a potential game-tying drive, sending the Packers to SB 45, where they defeated the Steelers.

Hanie has appeared in 11 career regular-season games, completing just 59 of 116 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns against a woeful 10 interceptions.

Presumably, the Broncos will draft a developmental prospect next month to groom behind Peyton Manning. The failure to do so by Bill Polian contributed to the Colts going 2-14 last year, unleashing a shocking chain of events that culminated in Polian's ouster and Manning signing with Denver.


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