By Frank Schwab
A few more free-agent signees ensure the Denver Broncos’ defense will be much bigger. The group will also be much more experienced, to put it kindly.
The Broncos signed defensive end Jarvis Green from New England early Tuesday. Nose tackle Jamal Williams from San Diego signed hours later, according to multiple reports. Green weighs 285 pounds and can play end. Williams is a mammoth 348-pound nose tackle who has given the Broncos fits through the years, but is coming off a season-ending triceps injury.
Both players are past 30, which could be a common theme on the Broncos’ defense. Williams will turn 34 in April, and Green turned 31 in January. If those two and Justin Bannan, a 310-pounder who turns 31 in April and signed last week, start on the line, the Broncos could have nine starters on defense who are at least 30 years old.
The Broncos have signed four players in free agency, and three are defensive linemen. Cornerback Nathan Jones is the other signee. The Broncos had to address their defensive line after it wore down late last season, especially in losses to the Raiders and Chiefs. Oakland rushed for 241 yards and Kansas City rushed for 317 against Denver.
Green’s deal is for four years and $20 million, although only $7.5 million in the first two years, and Williams’ deal is three years and $16 million with $7 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
The Broncos also re-signed kicker Matt Prater, an exclusive rights free agent, according to the Denver Post.