The Denver Broncos Sign Defensive End Jared Crick

The Denver Broncos have signed defensive end Jared Crick to a two-year contract.

In the first move by the Denver Broncos to help fill the void left by Malik Jackson, the team has signed former Houston Texans defensive end Jared Crick.

Crick (6-4, 285 pounds) is a fifth-year player who appeared in 63 regular-season games (32 starts) during his first four NFL seasons with Houston. He was selected by the Texans in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft from the University of Nebraska.

Crick spent his first two seasons playing for Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips while both were with the Texans.

“It was a huge part of it," Crick said Wednesday. "Just being with ‘Kubes’ for two years, Coach Wade for two years and [Defensive Line Coach Bill] Kollar for three years, I know the schemes, what they expect of me and I know what to expect of them. To come back and play for them again, it was a huge part of the decision.”

Crick owns 146 career tackles (81 solo) to go along with 5.5 sacks (34 yds.), 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He also saw action in three career postseason contests (1 start) for the Texans. Crick is familiar with the Broncos' defense in more ways than one. 

"We watched Broncos games and the Broncos’ defense for every team that they played that we played," Crick said. "Just knowing Coach Wade’s defense, I had a good understanding of what they’re still doing, what they did before when I was there. It’s good to see the similarities. I’m going to be coming in to a defense that I already know. I’ll have to pick up some of the terminology that was different when they left, but I think I’ll be able to fit in. I just need to learn my role and do whatever I can.”

During the last two seasons, Crick started 31-of-32 games for Houston and ranked second among the team’s defensive linemen during that period with 104 tackles (57 solo), 5.5 sacks and eight passes defensed.

Crick helps the Broncos maintain elite depth on the defensive side of the football while adding the ability to start opposite Derek Wolfe. The signing comes a day after an incident involving Wolfe surfaced via video.

“I’m excited to play with all these guys," Crick said. "Like I said, wherever my fit is on this team, I’m excited to be here. I’m excited to play for the coaches, get to know my teammates and do whatever I can to help this team win.”

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