When the Denver Broncos saw saw defensive end Malik Jackson sign a monster contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the beginning of free agency, they knew they would have to find a replacement for the gaping hole up front.
The Broncos addressed that position today by signing former Houston Texans' defensive end Jared Crick to a two-year deal on Wednesday.
The former fourth-round pick of the Texans in 2012, he is well known to current Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, as they coached him while they were with the Texans.
He only made one start in 31 games while under the two coaches, but has moved into an expanded role since they left.
In 2014 he started all but one game for Houston, and started every single game for the team in the 2015 season. He recorded 104 tackles and 5.5 sacks while also forcing a fumble during that 2-year time-span.
He could see himself become a starter in Denver next season.
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