ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. —
Coming off the injury to Devontae Booker, the Broncos have made a move by signing journeyman RB Stevan Ridley to a one year deal. Terms were not announced (but likely at the league minimum). Ridley said the call, was “awesome” and “very unexpected”. Ridley will wear #47. He said that, ““Things happened kind of fast. I’m straight off the plane and getting to business. I’m excited for the opportunity. I’m very thankful and fortunate they gave me a shot to come in and compete. I’m really just excited about getting in the playbook, meeting my teammates and trying to catch up with these guys. I’m a little bit behind so I’ve got a lot of work to do.”
He spoke of the grind of working when the phone isn’t ringing, but all he could do is “stick to what I know”. This morning he was a free agent in Mississippi and waiting for his mom to get off work, he shared the news with her at Subway then got on the road to New Orleans and caught a flight to Denver. He said he was, ” very excited to just have an opportunity back on the field and try to come in and help the team.” He wants to bring some “stability” to the team as he comes in to “find a role”. He added, “Whatever coach and them ask of me, whatever my teammates need of me, I just want to be that guy they can depend on and lean on. I’m just coming in trying to better this team the best way I know how.”
He labored on not taking the game for granted, that, “all about opportunity.” He added, he’s not scared of challenges at all. If this is the opportunity that’s at stake, I’m diving into it full speed and I’m going to do my best to help out.” Even though the Broncos have previously been his enemy, he mentioned a number of guys that he knew a little bit. “There’s a lot of guys. [OLB] Von [Miller], [WR] Demaryius [Thomas]; I played with [CB Aqib] Talib a little bit. Me and [RB] Jamaal [Charles] crossed paths a few times. A lot of these guys I’m pretty familiar with. Being around the league and playing against these guys, you kind of see guys training or offseason you catch up with a lot of people.” He’s happy to join a veteran cast, ” There’s a lot of veterans on this team and a lot of ball players on this team so I’m excited”
He wasn’t fishing for endorsements, when he name dropped Subway a couple of times, but it’s certain he won’t be getting them from a few other fast food chains. “We had to find a meeting spot and mom said she was at Subway (laughing). I’ve been trying to do the healthy thing. A small country town in Natchez, Mississippi, there’s not too many options. You’ve got Wendy’s, McDonald’s and pretty much Burger King, so Subway it takes it. We had to go to Subway, get something healthy and get on the road.” Dear Subway, Mr. Ridley can be reached via the Denver Broncos …..
The bulk of Ridley’s experience came with New England* where he started 25 of his 62 NFL games. Ridley played collegiately at LSU. He has rushed for 2,914 yards and 22 touchdown runs and is listed at 5’11 and 230lbs. This will be his 6th team since he was drafted by the Patriots* in the 3rd round (pick #73) in 2011. Ridley saw action in one game last year with Atlanta rushing for 7 yards on 3 carries.
Updated: With the roster at the 90 man limit, the Broncos have waived Chris Muller to make for for Ridley.
Ian Rapoport broke the news on twitter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2017