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Broncos sign outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu to one-year deal

Attaochu showed promise after Chubb injury
Posted at 6:44 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 00:34:36-04

DENVER -- The Broncos continued providing nips and tucks to their roster in the second wave of free agency, brining back outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu on a one-year deal.

Attaochu impressed coach Vic Fangio with his steady improvement after becoming a starter following Bradley Chubb's season-ending knee injury. Attaochu finished with 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and 21 tackles, including five for losses. Chubb is expected to return healthy around the beginning of the season. Attaochu provides depth and experience after starting final five games of the season.

His best outing came against Houston in the Broncos' stunning upset of the playoff-bound Texans. Drew Lock provided the signature game of his season, but Attaochu delivered as well, notching two sacks and recovering a fumble. At 27, he's entering his seventh season.

The Broncos also leaned on undrafted rookie Malik Reed as a reserve to Pro Bowler Von Miller with the expectation he will take a step forward in his second season.