ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos on Wednesday re-signed unrestricted free-agent linebacker Keith Burns to a one-year contract, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Burns (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) is entering his 13th NFL season and 11th year with the Broncos, who selected him in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He also played for Chicago during the 1999 season and spent 2004 with Tampa Bay.
Burns owns 222 career special-teams tackles and has led Denver or tied for its team high in special-teams tackles during seven of his 10 years with the team, including the 2005 campaign. The 33-year-old is one of 30 players in Broncos history to play 10 or more seasons with the club and, including postseason contests, has appeared in 163 games in a Denver uniform.
Burns has played 182 career regular-season games (3 starts) and has recorded 75 tackles (49 solo), 1.5 sacks (9 yds.), one interception (15 yds.), three pass breakups and one forced fumble on defense. His 12 career postseason appearances tie for the 10th-highest total in Broncos history, and the veteran was a member of Denver's Super Bowl-winning teams in 1997 and ?98.
In 2005, Burns played 15 games (1 start) for the Broncos in the regular season and led the team with 17 special-teams tackles while adding two stops on defense. He helped Denver rank second in the NFL in average starting position of opponent drives (27.9-yard line) and tie for the league lead in fewest opponent drives started past the 50-yard line (10).
Burns, who has missed only one game in the last five seasons, began his third stint with the Broncos after leading Tampa Bay with 23 special-teams tackles in 2004. His career high for special-teams tackles occurred during the 2000 and ?03 seasons with Denver when he made 24 stops on coverage units.
A Football News second-team All-American as a senior at Oklahoma State University, Burns was a three-year letterman in football at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.
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Keith Bernard Burns was born May 16, 1972, in Greeleyville, S.C.