Former Pitt State CB Bausby to sign with Broncos
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Former Pittsburg State cornerback De’Vante Bausby is getting another shot in the NFL, agreeing to a one-year deal Thursday to join the Denver Broncos.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Bausby says, “It’s time for me to put it all together and excel and make everybody proud.”
He says he had multiple offers on the table, but chose Denver because the head coach and defensive coordinator were with him in Chicago when he was with the Bears in 2015 and 2016.
Bausby most recently played for the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF. Bausby led the league with four interceptions, while racking up 18 tackles in eight games.
The AAF suspended operations earlier this week, and announced earlier Thursday that all players in the league were free to sign with NFL teams.
“The AAF was a blessing. I loved playing in San Antonio. It was family-oriented and the fans were crazy,” Bausby adds, “I appreciate those guys for giving me that opportunity. It didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but we had a heck of a team and organization.”
Bausby has played four years in the NFL. He’s been with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears, and won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He grew up going to Arrowhead Stadium to watch the Kansas City Chiefs. Now he’ll suit up for the rival Broncos and face the Chiefs twice per year.
“It’s a great rivalry. I never thought I would be on the other side of it. But when you get to this age and get to this league, all that changes. It will be exciting to be part of that rivalry again and to go back and play in front of the fans in Kansas City.”
Bausby was a 2X All-MIAA selection for Pittsburg State, helping them win the DII National Championship in 2011.
The Broncos are scheduled to face the Buffalo Bills this season, meaning Bausby will have an opportunity to face former Pitt State teammate John Brown. Brown is entering his 6th season in the NFL as a wide receiver.
“I already talked to John,” Bausby says, “I told him that if I’m on him, I’m going to hold him to zero catches. Just like the old days in practice.”
Bausby is still in San Antonio, and will fly to Denver early Sunday morning for a physical and to sign his deal with the Broncos.
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