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Denver Broncos sign Bryce Callahan: Grade, reaction and more

The Denver Broncos added another new piece to their revamped secondary with the addition of former Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan.

For the third time in four years, the Denver Broncos will have a new head coach. Veteran defensive mind Vic Fangio will be an NFL sideline leaders for the first time as the takes over a team that’s coming off consecutive double-digit loss seasons for the first time since the early days of the franchise. The club dropped at least 10 games five consecutive years from 1963-67.

In any case, the Broncos once again have a new quarterback as well. Team boss John Elway orchestrated a trade to bring former Baltimore Ravens’ signal-caller Joe Flacco to the Mile High City. The club has also added some other pieces in free agency in right tackle T Ju’Waun James (Miami Dolphins) and defensive back Kareem Jackson (Houston Texans)

Now the Broncos and Fangio bring on cornerback Bryce Callahan. The four-year pro spent the previous seasons in the Windy City and hopes to be a positive addition for a Denver defense that comes off a few rough years.

Contract Details

Via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a three-year deal for Callahan for $21 million ($10 million guaranteed).

National Reaction

Vic Fangio is certainly putting his stamp on the Denver defense. And it was a basically a no-brainer in terms of Callahan and the Mile High City. The one-time undrafted free agent is not only reunited with his former defensive coordinator/turned head coach but Ed Donatell, the former Bears’ secondary coach who came to the Windy City with Fangio in 2015.

Along with former teammate Kyle Fuller, Callahan is the NFL’s 10th-ranked cornerback with an 81.4 grade courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required). While he missed the final three games and the playoffs due to injury with a broken foot, he finished 2018 with 45 tackles, two interceptions, a pair of sacks and six passes defensed. He will make for a very head addition to a new-look Denver secondary.

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