Broncos sign intriguing player from the CFL to futures deal

The Denver Broncos took a shot on former Tennessee pass rusher Jonathan Kongbo, who has been in the CFL the last couple of seasons.

The Denver Broncos are leaving no stone unturned as they head into the 2022 offseason. The team is able to start filling up its 90-man roster by signing players to reserve/futures contracts which will go into effect in mid-March, and some of those signings are already rolling in.

Until Wednesday, the only players the Broncos had signed to reserve/futures contracts were players who were already on the team’s practice squad in 2021.

On Wednesday, they gave fans who like a good old-fashioned roster deep-dive an opportunity to get excited about a player that was not with the team in 2021.

Broncos dip into CFL talent pool for reserve/futures signing

Fresh off of a second Grey Cup title with the Blue Bombers, former Tennessee pass rusher Jonathan Kongbo is now making his way to Denver to get a shot with the Broncos.

Kongbo was once a first-round pick for the Blue Bombers and had three sacks this past season.

Back in his college days (2016), Kongbo actually picked off Drew Lock for a touchdown.

Unfortunately for Kongbo, injuries prevented him from ever really getting any traction or consistency while he was a member of the Volunteers program.

After starting his college career at Wyoming, going to the JUCO level, and then becoming one of the most coveted JUCO recruits in the country, Kongbo was only able to play in 23 games for the Vols.

Still, professional leagues recognized his immense potential. He got a shot with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 offseason on a reserve/futures deal but landed on their injured list in August.

Despite the fact that he has been at Wyoming, JUCO, Tennessee, the CFL, and with the 49ers, Kongbo is still only 25 years old and has plenty of potential. He’s a physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 256 pounds.

Can he put it all together with the Broncos?

We’ll see. It will be exciting to see him get a shot in the offseason and at training camp after a long journey to the NFL and maybe the Broncos will have something here.

At the very least, you’ve got to love George Paton’s process here, bringing in guys who have a shot to be really nice dart throws when all is said and done.

Kongbo may not have the most impressive resume but he obviously did enough to impress the Broncos in a workout recently.

Considering they are making this dart throw at a position group George Paton identified as one of the Broncos’ top needs, this move might be worth monitoring.