Broncos acquire DT Ellis Johnson from Atlanta

The Denver Broncos have acquired defensive tackle Ellis Johnson in a trade with Atlanta for a 2005 conditional draft pick. Johnson, 6-2, 288 pounds, is currently on the Falcon's reserve/did not report list.

Upon joining the Broncos, he will move to the exempt/commissioner permission list, where he can remain for up to two weeks. Johnson may be activated to the 53-man roster at any point within that two-week period.

In 136 career games, Johnson has 532 tackles (243 solo), 48 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. While with Atlanta in 2003, Johnson's 8.0 sacks led all NFL interior linemen, and tied a career high. Johnson entered the NFL as Indianapolis' first-round selection (15th overall) in the 1995 NFL Draft. After seven seasons with the Colts (1995-01), he signed with Atlanta as a free agent on Sept. 1, 2002, and played the past two seasons with the Falcons.

A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Florida, Johnson made 165 tackles (112 solo), 17.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed and six forced fumbles in 44 career games. As a senior, he totaled 62 tackles, including 14.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. In high school (Wildwood High School in Wildwood, Fla.), Johnson played six different positions, including fullback, offensive and defensive tackle, nose guard, defensive end and linebacker. Born Oct. 30, 193 in Wildwood, Fla., he and his wife, Simone, have two children; Nichole and Ellis, Jr.

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