Broncos sign Clinton McDonald to two-year deal, add two specialists

Clint McDonald spent four years in Tampa Bay after beating the Broncos in Super Bowl 48 with Seattle

The Denver Broncos have improved their interior pass rush after signing Super Bowl winner Clinton McDonald to a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old, who was part of the Seattle Seahawks team that routed the Broncos in Super Bowl 48, is set to earn $7 million, with $4m in the first year, according to Mike Klis.

A seventh-round pick out of Memphis by Cincinnati in 2009, McDonald told his Twitter followers that he is excited to join a legendary franchise, contribute to a hard-nose defense, and make an impact in his new, local community.

He has been a defensive captain in Tampa Bay, and his community work in the area saw him named the Buccaneers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee last season.

Typically a defensive tackle in a 4-3 system, McDonald has spent the last four seasons with Tampa Bay after signing a four-year $12m deal after winning the Super Bowl.

The move to Denver will be the first time the 6-2, 297-pound lineman will have played in a 3-4 system and his size could see him line up as a defensive end with the Broncos facing potential issues with the health of Derek Wolfe and 2015 second-round pick Adam Gotsis, who faces difficult times ahead over rape allegations while a student at Georgia Tech.

In other free agent moves Wednesday, the Broncos announced the signing of special teamers Taylor Bertolet (kicker) and Christian Kuntz (long snapper), who will provide competition for Brandon McManus and Casey Kreiter respectively

Bertolet, undrafted out of Texas A&M, spent the 2016 offseason with the Los Angeles Rams, while former Duquense Dukes linebacker and long snapper Kuntz was briefly with the New England Patriots as a linebacker last August.

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Paul is one of Broncos Europe's main contributors, based in London, England. When not providing us with the latest Denver Broncos news, he can be found in a sports bar watching any sport. A long-time Broncos fan, he tries to forget many of the bad pre-Manning years.

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