DENVER—Former University of Colorado S Anthony Perkins was signed by the Denver Broncos, the club announced Saturday. Perkins was a senior on coach Jon Embree’s first CU squad last season.
He finished his CU career in 2011 with 236 tackles, including 140 solo, ranking 41st on CU’s all-time list. He played in nine of 13 games as a senior, getting hurt with just five games left in the season against Oregon on Oct. 22. Some thought he may not return, but he did with a vengeance, leading the Buffs with 17 tackles in the season finale at Utah, a 17-14 win for the Buffs, helping the team end a 23-game losing streak while being a three touchdown underdog.
Perkins had a tryout for the Broncos in the spring. He was slated to become an intern for the Buffaloes this season, as the Buffs are just over a week away from the start of fall camp.
Perkins is one of four rookies on NFL training camp rosters from the Buffaloes, along with Ryan Miller (Cleveland Browns), Toney Clemons (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Tyler Hansen (Cincinnati Bengals). Rodney Stewart was also signed by the Bengals but suffered a knee injury and was released with an injury settlement by the club.
Perkins is one of 16 former Buffs on NFL rosters as training camp gets underway:
Justin Bannan, DT, Denver Broncos
Jalil Brown, CB, Kansas City Chiefs
Toney Clemons, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
Justin Drescher, LS, New Orleans Saints
Tyler Hansen, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Brad Jones, LB, Green Bay Packers
Scotty McKnight, WR, New York Jets
Ryan Miller, OL, Cleveland Browns
Anthony Perkins, DB, Denver Broncos
Tyler Polumbus, OL, Washington Redskins
Jimmy Smith, CB, Baltimore Ravens
Nate Solder, OL, New England Patriots
Lawrence Vickers, FB, Dallas Cowboys
Terrence Wheatley, CB, Tennessee Titans
Patrick Williams, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Additionally, former Buffs Tyler Brayton, Andre Gurode and Donald Strickland, who saw action in the NFL in 2011, could be added to a roster as a free agent in the coming days and weeks, as well as several other former players in the same boat.
Perkins attended Community Christian High School in Denver but the program didn’t have a football team so he prepped at Northglenn High School, where he was a high school All-American. He was CU’s first commitment for the class of 2007 and he graduated with two degrees, Integrative Physiology and History. His grandfather, Don Perkins, was a six-time pro bowler and is in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Fame. He is married (Janessa).