ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos signed second-round pick Alphonso Smith to a four-year deal Sunday, a day before rookies were scheduled to report to camp.
Smith, a defensive back out of Wake Forest, is expected to compete for a spot in the nickel package with Champ Bailey and Andre' Goodman already penciled in as the starting cornerbacks.
Smith's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said it was a priority to get him into camp on time.
"That was important to us," he said. "It's not easy when you have as many picks in the first and second round (as the Broncos have). But they found a way to be creative. Alphonso's very happy."
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