Denver signs defensive lineman

In their effort to get bigger, the Broncos have agreed to a five-year deal with nose tackle Justin Bannan, the Denver Post reports.

Bannan is 6-3, 310 pounds. Bannan, 30, was with Baltimore. He had 29 tackles last seasons. He has been a starter one of his eight NFL seasons. He is a rotational player.

Denver started Ronald Fields last season and he did well. Bannan is a big, strong player who can stuff the run. Perhaps Bannan will play end and nose tackle in the 3-4.

Denver was the busiest team in free agency last year. Expect Denver to busy, but not at the same pace as last year. Thus far, Denver isn’t pursuing any big-name players. But its goal is to get deeper and bigger on the interior lines.