The Denver Broncos are out of the 2012 NFL Playoffs, but that doesn't stop the wheels from churning in the front office. The team announced on Monday morning that it signed all eight players from the 2011 practice squad to future contracts:
The #Broncos have signed their eight practice squad players to future contracts: Beal, Grant, Ingram, Omon, Orton, Siliga, Toone & Weber.— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) January 16, 2012
Jeremy Beal was the team's seventh-round draft pick in the 2011 draft while tackle Adam Grant was an undrafted free agent. Cornelius Ingram is a soon-to-be third-year tight end who played college ball with Tim Tebow at Florida. Xavier Omon, a running back, was signed to the practice squad during the middle of the season. Receiver Greg Orton was in training camp with the Broncos and joined the practice squad later on. Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and wide receiver Tim Toone will also be back.
The last player to sign is quarterback Adam Weber, who is the other pass-thrower beside Tim Tebow to be on the roster heading into the 2012 season. At one point during 2011 training camp, a Broncos source claimed Weber was ahead of Tebow on the depth chart. But that turned out to be untrue. Weber has a shot to make the roster in 2012 depending on whom the Broncos bring in during the offseason.