Broncos agree with Arrington
The Denver Broncos are bringing back J.J. Arrington, agreeing to
a deal with the tailback who sat out last season with a right knee
Denver also agreed to terms with defensive lineman Justin Bannan
and cornerback Nathan Jones on Friday.
Arrington originally signed a four-year contract last March with
Denver that was worth about $10 million, but the team waived him
two months later when he failed a physical due to the balky
The 27-year-old Arrington figures to be a third-down specialist
for the Broncos, a role he played for Arizona in 2008 when the
Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl.
He will compete for carries with Knowshon Moreno and Correll
The Broncos also agreed to terms Friday with two veterans who
played for them last year: offensive lineman Russ Hochstein and
receiver Brandon Lloyd.
Hochstein is a 10th-year pro who played in 15 games, starting 10
of them, in his first season with the Broncos last year after being
acquired from New England in a trade Aug. 25.
Lloyd is an eighth-year pro who played in two games for Denver
last season, including a start in the regular season finale, when
Brandon Marshall was held out for being late to a therapy session
for a hamstring injury.
Bannan, 30, arrives in Denver after playing the last four
seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, the 6-foot-3,
310-pound lineman spent four seasons in Buffalo. Bannan was a
standout player down the road at the University of Colorado.
“Justin will fit into our scheme very well, and having played
his college ball at Colorado, he’s thrilled to return to this state
as a Bronco,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said.
Jones, 27, adds versatility to the Broncos’ secondary with his
ability to play outside corner, the nickel spot and fill in at
With the Miami Dolphins last season, Jones had two
interceptions, broke up 10 passes and forced two fumbles. He also
had 19 tackles on special teams, tying for 10th in the league.
“He makes plays on defense and has been a core contributor on
special teams,” Broncos general manager Brian Xanders said.