Broncos sign free agent DE Simeon Rice

The Denver Broncos on Monday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Simeon Rice.

Rice (6-foot-5, 268 pounds), in his 12th NFL season, owns 121 career sacks that rank as the 13th-highest total in NFL history and represent the second-highest mark among active players. He joins the Broncos from Tampa Bay, where he spent the previous six seasons (2001-06) after playing his first five years (1996-2000) with Arizona.

Selected by the Cardinals with the third overall choice in the 1996 NFL Draft from the University of Illinois, Rice owns eight seasons with at least 10 sacks that tie for the fifth-highest mark in NFL history. He has played 166 career regular-season games (160 starts), totaling 584 tackles (394 solo), 121 sacks (771 yds.), five interceptions (48 yds.) and 58 pass breakups. The defensive end also owns 37 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries for his career.

A member of the Buccaneers' Super Bowl XXXVII championship team during the 2002 season, Rice has started all seven postseason games played for his career. He owns 26 tackles (18 solo), seven sacks (39 yds.), two pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his playoff career.

Rice was a two-time All-American at Illinois, finishing his career with a school and Big Ten Conference record 45 sacks. He posted an Illinois single-season record with 16 sacks as a junior and added 12 sacks in his final season at the school.

An all-state selection at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, Simeon Rice was born Feb. 24, 1974, in Chicago.

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