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Broncos Sign Top Draft Choice


Linebacker Al Wilson, the Denver Broncos' first-round draft choice, reached agreement Wednesday on a multiyear contract with the team, the Broncos and Wilson's agent confirmed.

Wilson's signing comes two days before the two-time defending Super Bowl champions open training camp in Greeley.

Wilson's agent, Tank Black, told The Associated Press the five-year deal was for more than $5 million, including a $1.7 million signing bonus.

"We've been working on the contract for a while but we really had no problems with it," Black said. "Denver is a first-class organization. We're pleased to get it done before training camp. We've represented over 100 players and haven't had a player miss camp since 1988."

The Broncos have two remaining unsigned draft choices, third-rounder Travis McGriff and fifth-rounder David Bowens.

Wilson, a team captain, helped lead Tennessee to a 13-0 record and the national championship last season. He had 77 tackles, 54 of them solo, with four sacks and six tackles for losses. He forced five fumbles, recovered two, and deflected three passes, intercepting another.

The 5-foot-11 1/2, 239-pound Wilson, called a relentless competitor by scouts, started at outside linebacker his sophomore and junior seasons before moving to middle linebacker as a senior.

He was the 31st, and last, choice in the first round.

Wilson is one of four former Volunteers on the Broncos roster, joining Trey Teague, Marcus Nash and Tori Noel.

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