Broncos agree to terms with DL Zach Kerr

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The second wave of free agency continues.

The Broncos have agreed to terms on a new two-year deal with defensive lineman Zach Kerr, the team announced Saturday.

"We’re building something really good here," Kerr said after signing. "I feel like [Head Coach] Vic [Fangio] is the guy to kind of take us over that hump, take us over the hill. I just want to be a part of it.”

Kerr, who signed with the Broncos in free agency in 2017, will enter his third season with Denver. He said he entertained other offers before deciding to stay a Bronco.

"I had a couple of other teams — a couple of AFC North teams, some NFC West teams and another NFC team," Kerr said. "It was like three or four teams that were interested at all around the same thing. It just kind of made sense for me to stay here from a football standpoint, financial standpoint and my family as well.”

The reserve defensive lineman has appeared in 27 games for the Broncos over the past two seasons, accruing two sacks, four tackles for loss and 52 combined tackles.

The sixth-year pro spent his first three seasons in Indianapolis, where he tallied 5.5 sacks, 64 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hits.

Kerr said Saturday his family and their involvement in the community also played a role in his decision to re-sign.

"I literally wrote down a list of pros and cons when I made my decision," Kerr said. "That is something that is important to me, just giving back to the community and dealing with people that are less fortunate and showing them that there are people out there that actually still care about them despite their situations. The work that we started the last couple of years was huge for me. I just wanted to continue with it. I think Denver is great place to do that.”

Denver has now kept two of its own players who hit the unrestricted free-agent market. Both Kerr and tight end Jeff Heuerman tested the market before deciding to return to the Broncos.

The Broncos also added tackle Ja’Wuan James, cornerback Kareem Jackson and cornerback Bryce Callahan in free agency. The team traded for quarterback Joe Flacco.

“Honestly, I was looking at it and I was like, ‘Yeah, that is definitely something I want to be a part of," Kerr said. "We brought in two really, really good defensive backs along with Ja’wuan. Me and Ja’Wuan actually have known each other before we were in the NFL. We trained together coming out of college before the combine. I’ve known Ja’wuan a really long time. He’s a really good dude. Once I saw that we were making those types of moves, I was like, ‘You know what, that is definitely something I want to be a part of.'"

Editor's note [11:35 a.m. MT]: This story was updated with Kerr's quotes after his signing became official on Saturday morning.

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