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.
Thank you to the @Buccaneers as well as the Tampa Bay Community for being an intricate part of my career over the last 4 years.I am excited to be able to join a legendary Franchise in the @Broncos,contribute to a hard nose defense & work in the Denver communities!! #Broncos pic.twitter.com/mxHaMK11U3
— Clinton McDonald (@ClintMyles) March 22, 2018
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.
— Willie Cashmore (@WillieCashmore) March 18, 2018
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.