Broncos sign five exclusive-rights free agents

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** The Broncos signed five of their seven exclusive-rights free agents, the team announced Monday.

The team extended tenders to those five players — linebacker Zaire Anderson, defensive end Shelby Harris, linebacker Joseph Jones, wide receiver Jordan Taylor and tackle Elijah Wilkinson — in March.

Anderson has played in each of the Broncos' 32 games over the past two seasons, including three starts. He has totaled 37 tackles and one forced fumble.

The Broncos were back at UCHealth Training Center on Monday as the 2018 offseason programming officially got underway. (Photos: Caroline Deisley)

Harris had a breakout season in 2017, beginning with his game-saving field-goal block in the Broncos' season opener. He started six games and appeared in all 16, racking up 34 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and three passes defensed.

Jones played in seven games in 2017 and totaled three tackles after he signed with the Broncos on Nov. 7.

Taylor has shown plenty of talent in his first two NFL seasons, recording 351 yards and two touchdowns on 29 receptions. With good size and great hands, the third-year veteran has provided highlight-reel catches that have left fans wanting more.

Wilkinson played in nine games in his rookie season in 2017, and he can already count Head Coach Vance Joseph as a believer.

"He’s coming along well," Joseph said in November. "He’s a young player. He’s a physical player. He’s a smart player."

Linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams and long snapper Casey Kreiter are the last two players who have yet to sign their exclusive-rights tenders.

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