The Broncos have replenished their veteran TE presence following the departures of Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario by agreeing to terms with former Texan Joel Dreessen.
Dreessen (6-4, 245), who will turn 30 this summer, attended Fort Morgan High School and Colorado State University before being drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft. He's started 35 of the 91 games he's played in, amassing 110 receptions, 1,364 yards, and 13 touchdowns, with a career-high six scores in 2011.
Dreessen played in all 18 of Houston's games in 2011 (including two playoff tilts) and graded out at plus-10.7 for the year (4.2 pass, 3.8 pass block, 5.1 run block, -2.4 penalty) according to PFF, along with 28 receptions on 37 targets, 170 YAC, with no fumbles, only one drop, and no interceptions on passes thrown his way.
With Fells and Rosario having left after just one year with the team, Denver had been down to second-year players Julius Thomas, who was scratched for most of 2011, and Virgil Green, who faces a four-game suspension in 2012 for failure to get prior approval for his prescribed ADHD medication, plus Cornelius Ingram was signed to a future contract in January.