Broncos trade Droughns for Ekuban, Myers

The Denver Broncos have acquired defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban and defensive tackle Michael Myers in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. In exchange, Denver sends running back Reuben Droughns to Cleveland.

Ekuban (EK-u-bon), 6-3, 275 pounds, enters his seventh NFL season and spent the first five years (1999-'03) of his career with Dallas before joining Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent in 2004. A former first round draft choice, Ekuban has totaled 186 tackles (116 solo), 20.5 sacks (101 yds.), four pass breakups, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 76 career regular-season games (45 starts).

The 28-year old Ekuban played all 16 games (11 starts) for Cleveland in 2004 and posted a career and team-high eight sacks (35 yds.) while setting a personal best with 54 tackles (36 solo). Selected by Dallas with the No. 20 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Ekuban had an outstanding first season in which he was named All-Rookie by Pro Football Weekly and The Football News as a reserve defensive end. He became a full-time starter in 2002 and started 29-of-31 games played in his final two years with Dallas.

A first-team All-American (The Sporting News) as a senior at the University of North Carolina, Ekuban set the school's single-season record with 23 tackles-for-loss in his final year. Ebenezer Ekuban was born May 29, 1976, in Ghana, Africa, and attended Bladensburg High School in Bowie, Md.

Myers, 6-2, 300 pounds, enters his eighth NFL season and played his first five full seasons (1998-'02) with Dallas before joining Cleveland as a free agent Nov. 12, 2003. In 91 career regular-season games (33 starts), he has totaled 268 tackles (144 solo), 11.5 sacks (68 yds.), nine pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

The 29-year-old Myers appeared in all 16 games (7 starts) for Cleveland in 2004 and tallied 51 tackles (30 solo), one sack (4 yds.), one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Selected by Dallas in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft, Myers started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2001 while posting career highs in tackles (67) and sacks (3.5) that season.

Myers was named an All-American by The Sporting News and a consensus All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior at the University of Alabama. He began his collegiate career at Hinds Junior College (Miss.), where he was a two-time JUCO All-American. Born Jan. 20, 1976, in Vicksburg, Miss., Michael Myers was an all-state selection in football as a senior at Vicksburg High School.

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