Busy Broncos sign NT Williams and DE Green, bring back K Prater
The Denver Post
The Broncos made a splash Tuesday, signing veteran free-agent nose tackle Jamal Williams from San Diego and defensive end Jarvis Green from New England.
Williams rejoins Broncos defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely after the two spent 10 seasons together with the Chargers. Under Nunnely, Williams made three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2005-07. The Chargers released Williams on March 4.
Williams, 34, was one of the most high-profile nose tackles on the free-agent market. But he played in only one game in 2009 after he injured his triceps in the season opener and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve.
With Green, Denver dipped back into the New England player pool. The Broncos signed him to a four-year deal. Green will receive a $2.5 million signing bonus and a guaranteed $800,000 salary for 2010. He can make another $3 million in salary and bonus in 2011.
Green visited with Broncos officials at Dove Valley on Monday. His agent told the Boston Herald last week that Green’s priorities in the offseason were to re-sign with New England or move to Denver.
The 31-year-old Green, at 6-feet-3, 285 pounds, played eight seasons for the Patriots. His time there overlapped with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels from 2002-08.
He will join several former New England faces in Denver, including McDaneils, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, long-snapper Lonie Paxton and offensive lineman Russ Hochstein.