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2012 NFL Free Agency: Denver Broncos Sign Receiver Brandon Stokley

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  Wide reciever Brandon Stokley #14 of the Denver Broncos makes a 47 yard reception and is tackled by Hank Poteat #23 of the Cleveland Browns during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 16, 2012

Peyton Manning and an old friend will be reunited in Denver, as the team has reached a one-year agreement with free agent wideout Brandon Stokley, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network.

It's a move that has been speculated about since Manning arrived in the Denver, as Stokley was amongst those who the quarterback consulted with about the prospects of playing the Mile High City.  The two were teammates from 2003-2007 in Indianapolis, and Stokley had his best season as a pro in 2004, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards in a single-season for the first and only time in his career.

He rejoins a Broncos organization that he was a member of from 2007-2009, during which he played in 44 regular-season games and hauled in 108 passes.  He spent the 2010 season in Seattle before briefly joining the New York Giants last season.

Originally a fourth round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1999 by the Baltimore Ravens, Stokley is regarded as a dependable slot receiver with trustworthy hands and smarts.  He has two Super Bowl rings to his name, having won one with both Baltimore and Indianapolis, and 339 career catches for 4,680 yards.

In Denver, he joins a receiving core that includes promising youngsters Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas.  The Broncos also signed free agent Andre Caldwell to bolster the position this offseason. 

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