Broncos re-sign Ron Dayne

The Denver Broncos have re-signed unrestricted free agent running back Ron Dayne to a three-year contract.

"Ron showed us in 2005 that he certainly has the skills to be a productive part of the Broncos' rushing attack," Broncos General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "His contributions should only be greater in 2006, and we feel he has finally found a place where he can showcase his talent."

Dayne (5-foot-10, 245 pounds) is entering his seventh NFL season and second year with the Broncos after joining the club as an unrestricted free agent on April 4. The winner of the 1999 Heisman Trophy, Dayne spent his first five professional seasons with the New York Giants and was selected by the team in the first round (11th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Dayne has played 72 career regular-season games (14 starts) and totaled 2,337 yards on 638 carries (3.7 avg.) with 17 touchdowns. The 27-year-old also has posted 26 career receptions for 151 yards (5.8 avg.).

Dayne contributed to a Broncos rushing offense in 2005 that ranked second in the NFL (158.7 ypg.) and gained the second-most yards (2,539) in a season in franchise history. He played 10 games and recorded 270 yards on 53 carries (5.1 avg.) with one touchdown while catching three passes for 17 yards (5.7 avg.).

In Denver's overtime win at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, Dayne ran for a season-high 98 yards with one touchdown and had a 55-yard run in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. He also played a significant part in a comeback win against San Diego in Week 2, gaining 38 yards on Denver's drive for the game-winning field goal and converting a fourth-and-1 to set up the score.

Dayne's career high for rushing yards occurred during his rookie year with the Giants in 2000 when he recorded 770 yards with five touchdowns on a team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXV.

Dayne set an NCAA Division I-A career regular-season rushing record (6,397 yds.) at the University of Wisconsin and, including bowl games, became the first player in college football history to rush for more than 7,000 career yards (7,125 yds.). In addition to earning consensus All-America and first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior, he won the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award and the Maxwell Award.

A first-team All-American at Overbrook High School in Berlin, N.J., Ron Dayne was born March 14, 1978, in Berlin, N.J.



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