Brown gets contract extension

The Denver Broncos have signed defensive end Courtney Brown to a contract extension through the 2009 season.

"I couldn't be more pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Courtney," Broncos General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "Courtney came to our team last season and helped solidify a defensive front that clearly became a strength of our football team. He proved to be an outstanding addition to the Broncos both on and off the field, and I'm excited that he will continue to be a key component of our defense and help us accomplish our goal of winning another World Championship."

Brown (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) is entering his seventh NFL season and second year with the Broncos. Selected No. 1 overall by the Browns in the 2000 NFL Draft, Brown spent his first five seasons with Cleveland before joining the Broncos as a free agent on March 31.

The 28-year-old has played 61 career games (60 starts) and totaled 264 tackles (184 solo), 19 sacks (118 yds.) and 22 pass breakups. Brown also has recorded six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal for his career.

Brown started 13 of 14 regular-season games played for Denver in 2005 and helped the club rank second in the NFL in run defense (85.2 ypg.) and record the third-best such mark in franchise history. He totaled 38 tackles (30 solo), two sacks (14.0 yds.), two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup in the regular season before starting both Broncos playoff contests, including the AFC Championship Game.

Twice named AFC 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. He posted a career-best six sacks (33 yds.) in 13 starts for Cleveland during the 2003 season, a year in which he was voted the Browns' nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award.

Brown set several school records at Penn State and was a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy as a consensus first-team All-American during his senior season.

Voted the nation's top linebacker by SuperPrep at Macedonia High School in Alvin, S.C., Courtney Lanair Brown was born Feb. 14, 1978, in Charleston, S.C.

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