Lynch signs contract extension

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday extended the contract of safety John Lynch through the 2008 season, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday extended the contract of safety John Lynch through the 2008 season, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lynch (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who is entering his 14th NFL season and third year with the Broncos. The four-time Associated Press All-Pro spent his first 11 seasons with Tampa Bay before joining the Broncos as a free agent on March 23, 2004.

In 195 career regular-season games (163 starts), Lynch has totaled 1,118 tackles (677 solo) along with 26 interceptions (204 yds.) and 12 sacks (98 yds.). The 34-year-old has recorded 92 career pass breakups, 14 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

Lynch's 12 career playoff starts mark the second-highest total among active NFL safeties. That figure includes his third career conference championship game appearance with Denver in 2005 as well as a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII with Tampa Bay during the 2002 season.

Selected to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year in 2005, Lynch started all 16 regular-season games for the Broncos and helped the team tie for third in the NFL in scoring defense (16.1 ppg.). He placed second in the league in sacks by a defensive back with four (41 yds.) while recording 69 tackles (47 solo), two interceptions (2 yds.), eight pass breakups and four forced fumbles.

Lynch also was Denver's recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2005 and was voted the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his two-sack performance in the Broncos' regular-season finale.

Lynch joined the Broncos in 2004 from Tampa Bay, which selected him in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft from Stanford University. He was voted to five Pro Bowls (1997, '99-2002) with Tampa Bay and helped its defense record a top-10 NFL ranking in pass defense during seven of his final eight years with the team (1996-2003).

Lynch finished his career with the Buccaneers ranked third in team history in career tackles (973), fourth in interceptions (23), second in games played (164) and fourth in games started (132).


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