Broncos bolster defense with Lynch, Elliss

The Denver Broncos made a couple of dramatic defensive signings on Monday when they inked Tampa Bay safety John Lynch to a three year, $9 million contract and also added free agent defensive tackle Luther Elliss from the Detroit Lions.

Lynched: Broncos Agree to Terms With Five-Time Pro Bowl Safety - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 22, 2004 - Leadership. Toughness. Proficiency. Championship experience. All are characteristics that can benefit a franchise, and the Broncos became much deeper in each on Monday, when they agreed to terms with five-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch. "We're really, really excited to get a guy of this caliber," General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "He's been a champion; he knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl."

Elliss, Johnson Bolster Defensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 22, 2004 - John Lynch was the marquee name among the Broncos' three additions on a manic Monday at Dove Valley. But Luther Ellis and Raylee Johnson could both bring massive benefits in their own right. The Broncos announced the twin defensive-line acquisitions Monday, signing Johnson and agreeing to terms with Elliss. Both bring experience -- nine years for Elliss, 11 for Johnson -- and leadership.

Broncos add another Lynch-pin to secondary - USA Today
3/22/2004 - John Lynch agreed to terms Monday with Denver, as the Broncos continued to revamp their defense. Denver added two other veterans, signing defensive end Raylee Johnson and agreeing to terms with defensive tackle Luther Elliss. John Lynch will join Champ Bailey in Denver's overhauled defensive backfield.

Broncos land Lynch, Elliss - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, March 22, 2004 - The Denver Broncos made a big free-agent splash Monday, signing not one but two free agents, the team confirmed. The Broncos signed five-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch to a three-year, $9 million deal that included a $2.5 million signing bonus. Denver also signed former Detroit Lions first-round pick Luther Elliss, giving the Broncos another huge defensive tackle.

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