Lepsis Signs Four-Year Deal

The Denver Broncos on Thursday re-signed tackle Matt Lepsis to a four-year contract, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lepsis (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is entering his 10th NFL season with the Broncos, who signed him as an undrafted free agent from the University of Colorado in 1997. He has played 128 career regular-season games (111 starts), starting every game in the last three seasons and all but one contest since 1999, and appeared in every game since 1998.

After becoming a full-time starter in 1999, Lepsis has played on an offensive line that has helped Denver rush for an NFL-best 15,819 yards during that period. The Broncos have ranked among the league's top-five rushing teams in five of the last six seasons with Lepsis on their offensive line, including a No. 2 NFL ranking (158.7 ypg.) in 2005. In addition, the club rushed for a franchise-record 2,629 yards during the 2003 campaign with Lepsis starting all 16 games that season.

His blocking also has helped Denver surrender the fourth-fewest sacks (215) in the league since 1999 and set a franchise record for fewest sacks (15) in 2004.

The Broncos have totaled the fourth-highest net yardage total (40,440 yds.) in the NFL since the 32-year-old became a starter in 1999. Denver's offensive line has been pivotal in the team producing a top-10 league ranking in total offense during five of the last six years, including a 360.4-yard average in 2005 that ranked fifth in the NFL.

After spending his rookie campaign in 1997 on the reserve/non-football injury list with a knee ailment suffered in college, Lepsis saw time in every game in 1998 as a reserve on a Broncos squad that won Super Bowl XXXIII. He emerged as a starter during the 1999 training camp and has missed only one start since then (Sept. 30, 2002, at Baltimore) while appearing in every game.

Lepsis played tight end at Colorado, catching 45 passes for 519 yards (11.5 avg.) with three touchdowns in 36 career games (16 starts) and earning second-team All-Big Eight Conference honors as a junior. He also was a three-year letterman on the Buffaloes' track and field team who was a two-time All-American in discus.

An All-Southwest selection in football at Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas, Matt Lepsis was born Jan. 13, 1974, in Conroe, Texas.

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