The Denver Broncos signed safety Sam Brandon to a contract extension on Thursday, continuing a proactive approach with their potential free agents this offseason. Brandon could have become a free agent next month. His deal allows him to become a free agent in two years when he is 29 years old, according to his agent, Michael Hoffman. Terms of the contract were unavailable. Brandon was a backup safety last season but played a lot in the Broncos’ nickel defense when the team used five defensive backs. When the season ended, the Broncos re-signed center Tom Nalen, who could have become a free agent. Hoffman credited Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist and coordinator of football administration Mike Bluem, who manages Denver’s salary cap, for getting a deal done before Brandon became a free agent. “Sam is really happy being a part of the Broncos organization, and he feels good about his situation,” Hoffman said. “The deal had to be right for him to not look into free agency, and he was pleased and confident with the deal.” Re-signing Brandon was important because Denver’s starting safeties are over 30 years old. John Lynch will be 35 in September, and Nick Ferguson will be 32 in November. Brandon was a fourthround draft pick in 2002 and has 12 career starts. “He feels his best football is ahead of him,” Hoffman said. CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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