Team waiting for Sharpe's decision

Updated: April 15, 2004, 9:40 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Denver Broncos signed a pair of tight ends Thursday, adding unrestricted free agents O.J. Santiago and Patrick Hape to the roster in case Shannon Sharpe retires.

Santiago is a six-year NFL veteran who spent last season with Oakland, catching five passes for 69 yards in 12 games.

Hape returns for his fourth season with the Broncos and eighth overall in the NFL. In 108 career games, he has caught 43 passes for 252 yards and seven touchdowns.

Sharpe, the NFL's all-time leader in touchdowns, reception and yardage by a tight end, is expected to announce soon whether he will retire or return for a 14th season. He has said he wants to give the team time to plan before the April 26-27 draft.

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