Broncos agree to one-year deal with Antonio Smith

The Broncos agreed to a one-year deal worth a reported $2M with defensive lineman Antonio Smith (6-3, 290) on Thursday. Smith was cut by Oakland on Tuesday and was reportedly also pursued by Houston, his previous team.

In Denver, Smith will be reunited with Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips, and line coach Bill Kollar, and figures to rotate in along with Vance Walker and behind starting ends Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson.

As noted on Wednesday, Smith has been an efficient pass rusher but a liability against the run for several years now. His lone Pro Bowl berth came in 2011, his first season playing under Phillips in Houston. Smith has had at least 2.5 sacks in each of the past ten seasons.

Since the Ninja Assassin was released by Oakland, he won't figure into Denver's compensatory draft choice math for 2016. Vance Walker, Shelley Smith, and Reggie Walker were also street free agents.


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