DENVER — The Denver Broncos began retooling their team with a couple of free agent running backs Friday.
The Broncos signed Correll Buckhalter to a four-year deal and were putting the finishes touches on a four-year contract for J.J. Arrington, said J.R. Rickert, the agent for both players.
Buckhalter was hampered by knee injuries early in his career, missing three of four seasons from 2002-05. But he was a solid backup to Brian Westbrook the last three seasons in Philadelphia, and his 369 yards rushing last season were more than any Broncos running back. He ran for two scores and caught two touchdown passes among his 26 receptions for 324 yards.
Buckhalter played at Nebraska 1997-2000 and was a fourth-round draft pick in 2001.
Arrington would essentially serve the same role with the Broncos as he did with Arizona, spelling Buckhalter occasionally and playing third downs.