LB Shaun Phillips signs with Denver

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Shaun Phillips signed a one-year, $1 million deal Saturday with the Denver Broncos, joining a team he called "the good side now" after spending the first nine years of his career with the San Diego Chargers.

The free agent, who will be coming off a season in which he logged 9.5 sacks and 33 tackles, will help the Broncos fill a pass-rushing void left after the departure of Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens.

"I was excited about how the guys welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like they wanted me there," Phillips said, according to The Denver Post, referring to his visit to Broncos headquarters before deciding to sign.

Phillips, 31, has 69.5 career sacks -- second on San Diego's franchise list behind Leslie O'Neal's 105.5 -- including 11.5 in 2006 and 11 in 2010, when he went to the Pro Bowl.

He has registered 473 tackles, 20 forced fumbles and six interceptions in 136 career games with the Chargers, who chose Phillips in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, 98th overall out of Purdue.