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Broncos agree to terms with veteran linebacker Mark Barron


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After injuries have sidelined two members of the Broncos' inside linebacking corps during training camp, the Broncos have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker Mark Barron, the team announced Sunday.

Barron, who has played in the NFL for eight seasons, has started 102 of the 119 games in which he's appeared. He's totaled 710 total tackles, including 48 tackles for loss, 42 passes defensed, 12 sacks, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one safety.

The Alabama product was drafted by Tampa Bay with the seventh-overall pick in 2012 as a safety before being traded to the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014. With the Rams, Barron transitioned to linebacker beginning in 2015.

Most recently, Barron started nine of 15 games for the Steelers at inside linebacker in 2019 and recorded 82 total tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, three passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Barron adds depth to the Broncos' inside linebacker unit, which is currently without two key players. Seven-year veteran Todd Davis has missed practice since suffering a calf injury during practice on Aug. 20, though Head Coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday that he was hopeful that Davis could return "well before the week of the opener."

Fangio also announced on Monday that 2020 fifth-round pick Justin Strnad, who had impressed Fangio and teammates with his play early in camp, will miss the entire season after having surgery on his wrist.

Since those injuries, the Broncos also took action by shifting second-year hybrid linebacker Justin Hollins from outside linebacker to the inside group. Hollins split time with each position group in 2019.

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