ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Andy Janovich will be clearing running lanes in Denver for years to come.
Janovich signed a three-year extension on Friday, the team announced. The deal runs through the 2022 season.
"I just want to stay here," Janovich said Friday. "It's one of the top five offers in like the whole league, so I think it would be silly to turn that down trying to be greedy and go to free agency and just get a little bit more."
Janovich said he and the team had discussions about an extension before he suffered a pectoral injury in the preseason, but the negotiations were put on hold until recently.
"Yeah, I was hoping that we'd get back to that point, [but] you just never know," Janovich said. 'It worked out, so I'm very grateful for that. I wasn't sure, it was kind of heartbreaking when I got that injury."
President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway made sure to get the extension done, though. Janovich becomes the first member of the Broncos' 2016 draft class to renew his deal.
"Since he was drafted back in 2016, Andy has developed into one of the best fullbacks in the league," Elway said. "He's exactly what you look for in a fullback — tough, reliable and a versatile part of not only the offense but also our special teams. It's nice to see how Andy's hard work has paid off, and we look forward to his continued impact on the Broncos."
Largely used as a blocking fullback, Janovich has 17 career receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown. He also has carried the ball 12 times for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
"Jano is good at his position," Head Coach Vic Fangio said. "Great guy, great type of guy you want on your team and I'm glad we're moving forward with him."
The fourth-year fullback has played 34 of a possible 37 games over the last three years.
The Broncos selected Janovich in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.