Gardener and Broncos agree to terms

The Denver Broncos Wednesday agreed to terms on a contract with unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, who played last season with the Washington Redskins, and his first six NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Gardener will be at Broncos headquarters on Thursday to sign the contract and meet the press. The time has not been determined, but further details will be forthcoming from the public relations department.

Gardener, after recovering from back surgery during the 2001 season, started 15 games at defensive tackle for the Redskins last year and posted 71 tackles (50 solo), four sacks (-14) and one fumble recovery.

Selected by Miami in the first round (20th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft, Gardener played his first six years (1996-2001) in the league with the Dolphins. In that time, he started 77 games, making 322 total tackles (233 solo), with 15 sacks for -79.5 yards, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Gardener, 6-6, 295 lbs., also has started in seven postseason games, compiling 31 total tackles (19 solo) and 1 Ω sacks for -13.0 yards.

A three-year starter at Baylor, Gardener recorded 59 tackles (36 solo), 3.5 sacks, and six tackles for loss while starting at left defensive end as senior. As a junior, he posted 31 tackles (19 solo), seven tackles for loss and led the team with 4.5 sacks, and racked up 51 tackles (25 solo), four sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a sophomore.

Gardener, 30, is a native of Baltimore, Md., but attended Lawton (Okla.) High School where he was named all-state as a senior after recording 149 tackles, eight sacks, nine quarterback pressures, while adding eight receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he excelled in basketball, averaging 17.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Born Daryl Ronald Gardener on Feb. 25, 1973, he and his wife, Tarnesia, reside in Coral Springs, Fla., with their two sons, Da'vante and De'Andre, and daughter, Sha'nice.

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