On Thursday, the Broncos announced the signing of third round rookie center J.D. Walton.
Walton has been taking reps with the first team offensive line and is one if the candidates to start at the center position on opening day. The center from Baylor agreed to a a four year, $2.58 million dollar contract, including a $798,500 signing bonus.
The 6-3, 305 pound Walton was a candidate for the Rimington Trophy and started all games for Baylor since his sophomore year. He was the 80th pick in the draft by the Broncos, who also added another center in Eric Olsen, though Olsen will likely see most of his reps at guard.
In addition to the contract announcement, the team confirmed it released rookie defensive lineman Jaron Baston and fullback Kyle Eckel. Baston joined the team as a college free agent from Missouri in April. Eckel signed with the Broncos on June 4th. He was designated as 'waived/injured'. With Eckel gone, Spencer Larsen remains as the only fullback on the Broncos' roster.