Overbaugh back in NFL fold, signs future contract with Broncos

January 4, 2017

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Jeff Overbaugh

The NFL season didn’t feature an Alaskan for the first time since 1988, but Jeff Overbaugh of Anchorage could start a new streak next year.

The 23-year-old rookie long snapper signed a future contract with the Denver Broncos and will be officially added to the roster when the new league season begins in early March.

“It is still be to determined when we are going to start OTA’s but it will be somewhere around the middle of April,” he told me.

Overbaugh, of Service High fame, spent part of the preseason with the Los Angeles Rams and played in three exhibition games before being released on the eve of the season opener.

Lots of players cut from the active roster are kept for the practice squad, but not long snappers, so he was basically out of luck.

But he wasn’t out of the game entirely.

The former San Diego State star – who for his four-year career converted all 510 snaps on punts, PATs and field goals – stayed in southern California to work out with a pair of former NFL kickers to remain ready for his second chance.

“I have been working out with John Carney and Mike Husted for the entirety of the season,” he said.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Overbaugh worked out for the Broncos earlier this season but did not sign. He’s happy to be back with the team he rooted for as a kid in Alaska.

“I am absolutely a Bronco fan,” he said. “I always enjoyed watching Chris Kuper play for the Broncos as I was growing up.”

Kuper, of course, is from Anchorage and part of a small fraternity of Alaskans that played in the NFL. From 1989 to 2015, the league featured at least one player from the 907.