Jeff Heuerman knew he wanted to continue his NFL career with the Denver Broncos. Tuesday, the tight end and the organization announced that his staying in Denver as official.
Heuerman, a free agent after the 2018 season, signed a two-year deal last week to remain with the Broncos.
“I knew it was the right decision all along,” Heuerman said at the Broncos headquarters on Tuesday. “Friday, when I kind of finalized it is when I went through everything and really made the decision. This is where I wanted to be. This is where my NFL career started. As a player, you want to finish where you start. That is my ultimate goal.”
Heuerman was having his best statistical season in 2018 when a rib injury and punctured lung ended his year in Week 12. He finished the year with 31 receptions for 281 yards and two scores.
His best game came against Houston on Nov. 4 when he had 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Two games later his season was done.
“It was very frustrating. It was one of those things where I took a shot, kind of got the wind knocked out of me—it was one of those things where I caught my wind, got back to the sideline and just kind of told myself, ‘Your good, your good,’” Heuerman said. “I went back out there for a couple more plays and I was feeling it at that point.
“It was frustrating because it was one of those things where I didn’t feel like I should’ve been done for the year. But when you have a punctured lung and that pneumothorax type thing, it’s hard to get cleared in four to five weeks.”
The Broncos finished the season 1-4 and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
Heuerman returns to a team with a new head coach (Vic Fangio), new offensive coordinator (Rick Scangarello) and a new quarterback (Joe Flacco). Scangarello was the quarterbacks coach in San Francisco last season where Greg Kittle set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377.
Flacco, who led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl XLVII win, has had a good rapport with his tight ends over the years.
“One of the first conversations that I had was what Kittle did last year,” Heuerman said. “Obviously, you look at Joe over the years and the tight ends he’s had and what they’ve done. Definitely looked at all of that.”
Heuerman is healthy again and ready to show that he can be a threat in Denver’s new offense.
“Every year you have to come you have to show what you can do every year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with some of the new guys, Joe and a new offensive coordinator. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun.”