The Denver Broncos announced that they’d re-signed nose tackle Kyle Peko to their active roster less than 24 hours after releasing him in their effort to trim their roster from 90 players to 53.
Peko cleared waivers and became an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. The second-year player will return to add depth along the defensive front.
The Broncos originally signed Peko as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He spent most of the season on their practice squad but earned a spot on the active roster. Peko appeared in the regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders and recorded 2 tackles.
The Oregon State product gives the Broncos some bulk on the inside. The 6-foot-1, 305-pound defensive lineman likely will back up veteran nose tackle Domata Peko, his older cousin and a longtime stalwart for the Cincinnati Bengals whom the Broncos signed as a free agent this offseason.
The Broncos don’t have to make a corresponding roster move because they were carrying only 52 players in anticipation of signing Brock Osweiler to be their backup quarterback. When Osweiler passes his physical (presumably) on Monday, the Broncos then will have to make a move to get back to 53 players and be in compliance with NFL rules.