Denver Broncos top 15 free agent signings of all-time

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos
Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

45. . WR. (1995-03). Ed McCaffrey. 9. player

Before his dynamic dual-threat of a son Christian McCaffrey hit the field for the Carolina Panthers, his father Ed McCaffrey was a heck of a football player in the NFL.

Drafted in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft (that draft was apparently pretty kind to the Broncos) by the New York Giants, the Stanford product took a couple of years to get things going as a pro.

After an underwhelming three years with the Giants, McCaffrey went to the San Francisco 49ers for a year and won a Super Bowl, the first of three in his career.

He signed with the Broncos in 1995 and became a full-time starter by 1996. He was a prominent player for the Broncos during their glory years and wound up playing nine of his 13 NFL seasons in the Mile High City.

Among those nine seasons, McCaffrey had three 1,000-yard seasons from 1998 to 2000, where he really established himself as an iconic player in Broncos football history.

He’s become synonymous among Broncos fans with the No. 87. McCaffrey has since done great things in Colorado with radio, high school football and youth football camps.