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Broncos sign OL Mathu Gibson, waive/injured Sam Brenner


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Looking for more depth on the offensive line after a wave of injuries in recent days, the Broncos on Friday signed rookie Mathu Gibson, a product of Division II Wingate University in North Carolina.

To make room for Gibson, the Broncos designated offensive lineman Sam Brenner as waived/injured.

A quick 6-foot-6, 295-pounder who is light on his feet, Gibson had a tryout with the New York Jets during their rookie minicamp in May.

"It was a great blessing," Gibson told "I was able to play against a lot of high level competition. (The experience) made me feel confident that I can play against anyone."

Gibson had been set to play this fall in Australia, signing a contract with the Newcastle Miners of the National Gridiron League, a proposed developmental league that targeted North American players who were looking to extend their careers. But according to a report from, the league had to postpone its debut from October 2016 to October 2017 because of complications related to the issuing of hundreds of work visas to its players.

A product of West Forsyth High School in Winston Salem, N.C., Gibson also played defensive end in high school before focusing on offensive line at Wingate.