ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday signed free-agent defensive end Kenard Lang to a three-year contract, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Lang (6-foot-3, 257 pounds) is entering his 10th NFL season and joins the Broncos after playing the last four years with Cleveland. Selected by Washington in the first round (17th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Lang spent his first five professional seasons with the Redskins before signing with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent in 2002.
In 138 career regular-season games (101 starts), Lang has totaled 528 tackles (374 solo), 44 sacks (280.5 yds.) and three interceptions (85 yds.). The 31-year-old also has recorded 35 career pass breakups, 12 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in regular-season action.
Lang has posted five or more sacks in a year during five different seasons, including a career-best eight sacks (53.5 yards) to lead the Browns in 2003. The veteran has played all 16 games in six of the last eight seasons and has not missed a game in the last two years.
Lang appeared in all 16 games for the Browns in 2005 and started five contests at left outside linebacker. He finished the year with 43 tackles (33 solo), two sacks (7 yds.) and three pass breakups while ranking third on Cleveland with 10 quarterback pressures.
Lang signed with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 6, 2002, after five seasons with the Redskins. He started all 16 games at defensive end in his second year with Washington in 1998, ranking second on the club with seven sacks (25 yds.) and 20 quarterback pressures that season.
At the University of Miami, Lang led the Hurricanes with 11.5 sacks during his junior year and was named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year after his first collegiate season. He also saw brief action on Miami's baseball team and was a 43rd round draft choice of the Chicago White Sox in 1995.
Named a first-team All-American by Football News and SuperPrep as a senior at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla., Kenard Lang was born Jan. 31, 1975, in Orlando.
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