Former Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year contract.
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears also showed strong interest in Colquitt, but the Browns swooped after they first traded away veteran Andy Lee to Carolina and then their two young punters, Kasey Redfern and Mike Palardy, were inconsistent in the team’s final preseason game Thursday night.
"It's an honor to be part of such a historic organization,'' Colquitt stated to 9News by text Saturday morning as he boarded a plane to Cleveland. "The fan base is very loyal and I'm blessed and thrilled to have a job in the NFL, especially with the Browns. I look forward to working with the Haslems (Tennessee family), the coaching staff and my new teammates. I hope to do all I can to help our team win games. Thanks to the Broncos organization and Broncos Country for giving my family seven wonderful years. I'm heading to the Dawg Pound!''
Colquitt, 31, had spent the previous six seasons with the Broncos where by nearly every measure he became the best punter in franchise history.
The Broncos released Colquitt on Tuesday, deciding to go forward with rookie Riley Dixon, a seventh-round draft pick.
Colquitt is the son of former NFL punter Craig Colquitt and brother of current NFL punter Dustin Colquitt. Britton Colquitt initially signed with the Broncos in 2009 out of Tennessee. He didn’t make the opening-day roster, but was signed back with four days remaining in the Broncos’ 2009 season – making him the team’s longest tenured player at the time of his release last week.
In his six seasons with the Broncos, Colquitt was the franchise leader in gross average (45.2 yards per punt) and net (39.1).
His two best seasons were in 2011, when he helped set up quarterback Tim Tebow’s late-game heroics with an astounding 47.4-yard gross average, and in 2012, when he netted a franchise-record 42.1 yards.
In the midst of his text, Colquitt quoted a verse from Jeremy 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.''
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