Broncos sign LB Boss Bailey

March 6, 2008 at 8:12 PM
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 6 (UPI) -- The Denver Broncos Thursday signed free agent linebacker Boss Bailey to a contract, terms of which were not disclosed.

The NFL Network reported that Bailey got a five-year deal worth $17.5 million, including a $4.3 million signing bonus.

The 6-3, 235-pounder joins his older brother, Champ, to give Denver its third set of brothers in franchise history -- joining Eldon and William Danenhauer (1960) and Dave and Doug Widell (1990-92).

"I think this is a good deal for everyone involved," Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, told The Denver Post.

Boss Bailey, a second-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2003 out of Georgia, started at least 11 games in each of the last three seasons.

In his four-year NFL career, he has compiled 265 tackles (195 solo), seven sacks and two interceptions.

In 2007, he made career-high 3 1/2 sacks and 47 tackles in 15 games.

The Bailey brothers sat together at Wednesday night's NBA contest between the Nuggets and Phoenix at Denver's Pepsi Center.

A knee injury forced Boss Bailey to miss the 2004 season.

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