Jammer follows Vasquez, Phillips to Denver, will play safety

Couldn't beat them in the late aughts, so sign them in 2013? It may be something of a stretch to call it a trend, but with the addition of Quentin Jammer on Wednesday, the Broncos continue to acquire players from teams they've struggled against in recent years.

Wes Welker (New England) and Terrance Knighton (Jacksonville) were each with squads that have mostly owned Denver of late, while Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips, and Jammer were all part of a Chargers team which dominated the Broncos from 2006 into 2011. Last November, Jacob Hester had also made the transition from Whale's Vagina to the Sunshine State.

Provided they all make the final 53, all of those players will have a chance to beat their old teams as Broncos in 2013.

Only two weeks ago, Jammer told the UTSD that he'd have loved to have stayed with the Chargers, who drafted him fifth overall in 2002 out of Texas, where he played safety. But it wasn't to be.

Denver had pursued Charles Woodson to round out their secondary, but he chose a return to Oakland, and now they've settled on Jammer, who is three years younger than him.

Over eleven seasons in San Diego, the 6-0, 204-pounder played in 172 regular season games (161 starts), accumulating 21 interceptions, 138 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, and 718 total tackles. It took until last year for Quentin to reach the end zone as a pro, but he did so twice - first on a Week 6 pick-six of Peyton Manning, then on a recovery of a Ben Roethlisberger fumble in the end zone in Week 14.

Although he played the third most snaps (1,016) among San Diego defenders in 2012, Jammer graded out at -10.0 according to PFF's grades (+0.8 run, -0.1 pass rush, -6.8 coverage, -3.9 penalty). That minus-10.0 grade ranked 67th among the 71 corners who played at least 50% of their teams' defensive snaps last season; Denver castoff Cassius Vaughn graded out dead last at minus-13.1.

On the brighter side, Jammer ranked 27th among corners in Run Stop % and 17th in overall tackle efficiency.

He drew a $4M salary in the final year of a rare seven-year NFL deal that was seen through without renegotiation; unsurprisingly, he reportedly signed for the veteran minimum of $940K, although there's no word on whom he'll replace on the Broncos roster.

Jammer will turn 34 in June 19, and he makes for three thirtysomething defensive backs on the Denver roster, along with Mike Adams and Champ Bailey, from whom Quentin says he can still learn a thing or two.

What role will Jammer fill for Denver? Andrew Mason suggests he could be the matchup safety that Ted has been craving for the Broncos, that is, if he sticks on the roster. According to Mike Klis, safety is just where the Broncos plan to try Jammer, whose former longtime agent was current Denver capologist Mike Sullivan.

Quentin's cousins include former Raiders wideout Johnny Lee Higgins and ex-Seahawks DT Cedric Woodard, while his brother, CB Quantre Diggs, followed in his footsteps and currently plays for Texas.


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