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03-20-2006, 10:28 AM
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Lang signs 3-year deal
Cleveland link produces again
By Mike Klis
Denver Post Staff Writer

Needing to fill another pass-rushing hole along their defensive line, the Broncos knew where they eventually would have to look.

Thanks again, Cleveland Browns.

By signing veteran defensive end Kenard Lang to a three-year contract Friday, the Broncos made their first free-agent signing from another team this offseason - and sixth former Browns defensive lineman in the past two years.

At this point, it's clear D-linemen love playing for Broncos D-line coach Andre Patterson, who held the same position with the Browns from 2003-04.

During those two seasons, Lang set career highs with eight and seven sacks, respectively. For the 2005 season, Patterson joined coach Mike Shanahan's staff in Denver and eventually brought five of his Browns defensive linemen with him: Gerard Warren, Michael Myers, Ebenezer Ekuban, Courtney Brown and Corey Jackson.

Although criticized at the time for bringing in so many defensive linemen from the disappointing Browns, Denver made the Brown-cos work. While reaching the AFC championship game last season, the Broncos ranked second in the NFL against the run, allowing just 85.2 yards a game.

However, the Broncos also had just 28 sacks, better than just two other teams. Rushing the quarterback became an offseason priority.

Meanwhile, Lang remained in Cleveland where he was asked to shed 20 pounds and play linebacker as the Browns shifted to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Romeo Crennel. The new position didn't take. Lang, a first-round pick out of Miami in 1997, had just two sacks and was released last month.

With the Broncos, Lang, 31, will be asked to bulk back up to his normal playing weight of 275 and combine with Jackson, who spent last season on the Broncos' practice squad, as replacements for former star end Trevor Pryce.

The Broncos released Pryce on March 1 after he indicated he would not take a pay cut from his $10.3 million salary. Pryce later signed with Baltimore. The Broncos were initially rebuffed in the free-agent market by Andre Carter, the former San Francisco 49ers defensive end who signed a $30 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

Money also caused the Broncos to back off veteran quarterback Gus Frerotte, recently of the Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets defensive end John Abraham.

The Broncos made an offer to Frerotte, who played with them in 2000-01, but he took a more lucrative, three-year deal to sign Friday with the St. Louis Rams. He will be reunited with Scott Linehan, the Dolphins' offensive coordinator last season.

As for Abraham, he is likely to be traded to Seattle or Atlanta. Limited salary cap room did not allow the Broncos to make much of a play for Abraham, a franchised free agent who is seeking $15 million to $18 million in guaranteed money.

The Broncos are expected to announce the signing of free-agent reserve linebacker Nate Webster on Monday.


03-20-2006, 10:31 AM
Yeah? Well, we signed this guy named Quentin Griffin who's going to run all over your Brown-cos ass! This guy can......

Oh, wait.


03-20-2006, 10:31 AM
Lang doesn't seem like a fit in Denver.

beer bacon
03-20-2006, 10:33 AM
KFFL: Carl Peterson sticks his thumb up his ass.

Archie Bunker
03-20-2006, 10:34 AM
I read on PFT that Monsanto Pope a DL from Denver was visiting KC this week. Anyone know much about him?

03-20-2006, 10:35 AM
ROFL Y'know, when the Browns let Lang go, my first inclination was to say, "He's Denver bound now!"

My second thought was, "That's just dumb, too damn far from reality, and not funny."

03-20-2006, 10:56 AM
Mr Lang, welcome to West Cleveland.

03-20-2006, 11:03 AM
Yeah? Well, we signed this guy named Quentin Griffin who's going to run all over your Brown-cos ass! This guy can......

Oh, wait.


IMHO Q will be a good change-of-pace back for KC. He is hell on wheels, if he gets through the hole he can get gone fast. Problem is he is a mighty-mite and can't take a pounding. If he can get the kind of huge holes KC's line opens up for LJ he might be a pleasant surprise for you.