Walls re-signed

The Denver Broncos have re-signed restricted free-agent cornerback Lenny Walls. The team placed a first-round tender on him at the start of restricted free agency. Denver would have received a first-round pick if any team signed him and the Broncos were unwilling to match the offer.

He was placed on injured reserve Nov. 28 when he suffered a third shoulder dislocation, but Walls doesn't believe that the shoulder will bother him again.

"(The team medical staff) said there's less than a 10 percent chance that it ever comes out again," Walls said. "I talked to a few guys that had dislocated shoulders and then had surgery, and they said sometimes the shoulder ends up getting stronger than it was before."

Walls, 6-4, 192 pounds, enters his fourth season with the Broncos, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2002. In 36 career regular-season games (17 starts), he has totaled 89 tackles (76 solo), one interception (0 yds.), 22 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

The 25-year-old Walls played seven games (1 start) for Denver in 2004 and posted 21 tackles (18 solo), two pass breakups and a forced fumble before he was placed on injured reserve Nov. 30 with a right shoulder injury. He was a 16-game starter in 2003 and recorded 68 tackles (58 solo) and one interception (0 yds.) along with 20 pass breakups that marked the highest total by a Bronco since 1997.

In two seasons at Boston College, Walls tallied 84 tackles (64 solo), four sacks and nine interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown. He began his collegiate career at St. Mary's College (Moraga, Calif.) before transferring to City College of San Francisco, which he helped lead to a junior college national championship in 1999. Born Sept. 26, 1979, in San Francisco, Walls attended Galileo High School in San Francisco.

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