Broncos Sign Third Round Pick

Former Notre Dame tackle Ryan Harris has come to terms on a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed tackle Ryan Harris, whom they selected in the third round (70th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft from the University of Notre Dame. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

In addition, the Broncos released safety Sam Brandon after he failed his physical.

Harris (6-foot-5, 292 pounds) started all 45 career games played at tackle during four seasons at Notre Dame. He started his final 37 games played at left tackle for the Fighting Irish after competing as a right tackle during his freshman season.

Named Notre Dame's top offensive lineman as a senior and sophomore, Harris became just the third true freshman to start along the offensive line in school history. As a senior in 2006, he was credited with 74 key blocks/knockdowns as a 13-game starter who helped Notre Dame earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

Harris received first-team All-America honors from USA Today as a senior at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn.

Ryan Harris was born on March 11, 1985, in Minneapolis.

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