Elam will retire as a Bronco
DENVER — Former University of Hawai'i kicker Jason Elam will sign a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos so he can retire with the team he played with for most of his professional career.
Elam played 15 seasons with Denver from 1993 to 2007 and shares the NFL record with Tom Dempsey for the longest field goal, a 63-yarder on Oct. 28, 1998.
"When it's all said and done, he will be remembered as one of the greatest Broncos and a player whose career achievements redefined the importance of his position," President and CEO Pat Bowlen said. "Without question, he is a Ring of Famer who deserves strong consideration for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
Elam played two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being waived Dec. 1.
WOOD OFF CRUTCHES
Able to walk without a limp, Buffalo Bills guard Eric Wood is confident his surgically repaired left leg will be fully recovered by the start of training camp this summer.
That's great progress for a player who initially feared he might not play again after he broke two bones in the leg during an 18-15 loss at Jacksonville on Nov. 22. Wood said yesterday he has been off crutches for a few weeks, and has been cleared for light workouts as the Bills opened their voluntary spring workout program this week.
SAFETY EUGENE SIGNS
Oakland Raiders safety Hiram Eugene has signed his restricted free agent tender to return to the team next season.
Eugene has been a part-time starter the past three seasons for Oakland. He split time last year at free safety with Michael Huff. Eugene started four games. He finished with 28 solo tackles, one interception and three passes defended.
HILL AGREES TO TERMS
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Tye Hill.
Hill has started 24 games with five interceptions during a four-year career. Last year he started three games for the Atlanta Falcons.
Hill played three seasons in St. Louis before being traded to Atlanta before the start of the 2009 season. His playing time in both 2007 and 2008 was limited due to injury and he finished both years on injured reserve.
DEFENSIVE END SIGNS
The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Mike Montgomery to a one-year deal.
Montgomery spent the past five seasons with NFC North rival Green Bay. The Packers drafted him out of Texas A&M in the sixth round in 2005.
Montgomery's best season came in 2008 when he started eight games with 71 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.