Broncos Acquire Dre Bly and Draft Choice

The Denver Broncos acquisition of Pro Bowl cornerback Dre Bly from the Detroit Lions has now become official. In addition the team will receive a sixth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday acquired two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Dré Bly and a sixth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft from the Detroit Lions, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. In exchange, Denver sent running back Tatum Bell, tackle George Foster and a fifth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft to Detroit.

Bly (5-foot-10, 188 pounds) is entering his ninth NFL season and joins the Broncos after spending the previous four years with the Lions, who signed him as an unrestricted free agent on March 1, 2003. Bly played his first four professional seasons with St. Louis after the Rams selected him in the second round (41st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft from the University of North Carolina.

Bly's 33 interceptions since entering the NFL in 1999 mark the fourth-highest total in the league during that period and rank eighth among all active players. Bly, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons with Detroit from 2003-04, has scored eight career touchdowns on returns (5 interception, 2 fumble, 1 punt) that tie for the second most in the NFL since 1999.

In 119 career regular-season games (79 starts), Bly has posted 405 tackles (319 solo), 33 interceptions (510 yds.), 135 pass breakups, three sacks (21 yds.), 16 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. The 29-year-old owns 21 career punt returns for 270 yards (12.9 avg.) with one touchdown and 18 kickoff returns for 324 yards (18.0 avg.).

He has appeared in seven career postseason games, including two Super Bowls. As a rookie in 1999, Bly earned a Super Bowl ring with St. Louis after it defeated Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Bly started all 16 games for Detroit in 2006, recording 62 tackles (49 solo), three interceptions (13 yds.), 21 pass breakups and a team-high five forced fumbles. He led Detroit or tied for its team high in interceptions during each of his four years with the club, including the 2003 campaign when he matched a career high with six interceptions (89 yds.) and earned his first career Pro Bowl selection.

During his first four NFL seasons with the Rams, Bly did not miss a game by appearing in all 71 possible contests (64 regular season, 7 postseason) during that time. He set a career high with 79 tackles and added 25 pass breakups as a 16-game starter with the Rams in 2002, his final year with the club.

Bly earned consensus All-America honors during each of his three seasons at North Carolina, becoming the first player in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference to accomplish that feat. He finished his collegiate career with a conference-record 20 interceptions.

An all-state selection in football at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Va., Donald André Bly was born May 22, 1977, in Chesapeake, Va.

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