3:08pm: Crick’s two-year deal is worth $4MM, a source tells Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).
12:40pm: The Broncos announced that they have signed defensive end Jared Crick. It’ll be a two-year deal for the former Houston bookend.
Crick played under head coach Gary Kubiak, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, and defensive line coach Bill Kollar when he was with the Texans and the staff’s familiarity with him surely played a role in the signing. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive end will now join a rotation of defensive ends who will collectively try and make up for the departure of Malik Jackson. Jackson, of course, inked a massive six-year, $85.5MM deal with Jacksonville in March. Denver’s defensive ends depth chart also includes Vance Walker, Kenny Anunike, Derek Wolfe, and George Uko.
Over the last two seasons, Crick has racked up 5.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, 47 tackles, and one forced fumble across 31 starts. The former fourth-round pick was hampered by injuries in his first two NFL seasons.
The Broncos likely aren’t done adding defensive ends this offseason as Kubiak has previously indicated that the team will be eyeing defensive ends in the draft.
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