Guard Hamilton re-signed by Broncos

The Denver Broncos have re-signed unrestricted free-agent guard Ben Hamilton to a five year contract.

The deal is worth $16.25 million with $5.5 million in guaranteed money. for Hamilton.

The 6-4, 283 pound guard enters his fifth NFL season and has started all 48 career regular-season games he appeared in for the Broncos. A fourth-round draft choice (113th overall) by Denver in the 2001 NFL Draft, Hamilton became a full-time starter in 2002 and started every game in last three seasons, including two playoff contests. He did not miss a snap in 2004, helping the Broncos set a franchise record for fewest sacks allowed in a season (15).

Regarded as one of the best centers to ever play at the University of Minnesota, Hamilton earned numerous first-team All-American and All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior while starting all 46 career games. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award (best interior lineman) and Outland Trophy (top lineman) following an impressive senior campaign in 2000.

A USA Today honorable mention All-American at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, Minn., Benjamin Thomas Hamilton was born Aug. 18, 1977, in Minneapolis.

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