Broncos introduce DB Jones, DL Bannan
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos introduced defensive lineman Justin Bannan and cornerback Nate Jones on Monday, the first day of voluntary offseason conditioning for the team.
The Broncos’ newest acquisition, quarterback Brady Quinn, was nowhere to be seen, however.
Bannan played the last four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, the 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman spent four seasons in Buffalo.
“I had six strong teams that I was looking at and I saw this as the perfect fit,” Bannan said.
He expects to be in the running for one of three positions on the Denver defensive line.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I still played a little nose tackle, but they definitely will push me out to the outside because Jamal Williams would be in the middle,” the former University of Colorado standout said. “He has played 12 or 13 years at the position so I think he knows what he’s doing.”
Jones, a seven-year pro, has played cornerback, nickel back and safety for Miami and Dallas.
“Having guys already here that I played with, Renaldo Hill, Andre Goodman and Vonnie Holliday make the transition easier,” Jones said. “What made the situation even better was they have All Pros and future Hall of Famers in their secondary.”
Quinn was acquired Sunday from Cleveland in exchange for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.
Cornerback Champ Bailey applauded the move.
“We know he has the tools. I remember watching him in college and he was great in college,” Bailey said. “I hope he comes in with the confidence and enthusiasm that I know he has.”