Broncos sign new backup QB, release Courtney Brown

DENVER (AP) - Quarterback Patrick Ramsey signed a contract Monday to be the backup to Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos.

The 28-year-old free agent who was cut by the New York Jets this month.

The Broncos also released defensive end Courtney Brown, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2000 who has a history of knee troubles. Brown's latest injury came in training camp last year and he needed surgery that kept him out the entire season.

Ramsey replaces Jake Plummer, who lost his starting job in November and was traded to Tampa Bay this month, but has announced his retirement.

Ramsey, a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2002, started 24 games in four seasons for the Redskins, but threw only one pass for the Jets last season, his only year in New York. He was released by the Jets on March 2.

He has 34 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions and a career passer rating of 74.9. He's 10-14 as a starter.

Brown signed as a free agent with Denver two years ago. In 2005, he had 38 tackles and two sacks.