Denver Broncos sign center Manny Ramirez to two-year contract extension

DENVER - Manny Ramirez, who switched to the center position this season, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Denver Broncos.

This is Ramirez's seventh year as a pro, but the first time the former offensive lineman started at center was the team's week 1 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in the 49-27 victory. Ramirez played every offensive snap and never allowed a sack.

"Ramirez was rewarded for his performance with a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Denver through the 2015 season," editor Gray Caldwell wrote Wednesday.

"I thought he performed well," head coach John Fox said in a quote provided with the team's announcement of the contract extension. "That was a very formidable front that we played against. I haven’t seen everybody, but they’re in the top five in the league. They've got more than one deep. I thought, all-in-all, was it perfect? No. But for a first outing, I thought our offensive line matched up very well."

The former Texas Tech standout has started 27 of 36 regular-season games during his time in Denver and Detroit. He was on the field in a career-high 15 games during the 2012 regular season.

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