Courtney Brown signs contract

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent defensive end Courtney Brown on Wednesday.

Brown, 6-4, 290 pounds, enters his sixth NFL season and has played his entire career with Cleveland, which selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. In 47 career regular-season games (47 starts), he has totaled 220 tackles (154 solo), 17 sacks (104 yds.), 21 pass breakups, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

The 27-year old Brown was limited to two games in 2004 because of a left foot injury but enjoyed a career season in 2003 with a personal-best six sacks (33 yds.) in 13 starts. He recorded 4.5 sacks in each of his first two NFL seasons, including his rookie campaign in 2000 when he started all 16 games and posted a career-high 90 tackles (60 solo). Twice named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week (2003 and ‘00), Brown has recorded three sacks in a game on two occasions and owns four career multiple-sack games.

Brown was one of the top defensive players in Penn State history, setting the school's career records in sacks (33) and tackles-for-loss (70) while earning first-team All-Big Ten Conference accolades in 1998 and ‘99. A finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as a senior, Brown also was a unanimous first-team All-American choice in his final season with the Nittany Lions.

Brown was tabbed the nation's top linebacker by SuperPrep and a USA Today All-American at Macedonia High School in Alvin, S.C. He recorded 132 tackles and three interceptions as a senior to earn Gatorade South Carolina Player-of-the-Year honors. Courtney Lanair Brown was born Feb. 14, 1978, in Charleston, S.C.

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