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

injury.

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

knee.

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

Buckhalter.

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

safety.

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.