Broncos bring aboard veteran defensive linemen Green, Williams

The Denver Broncos beefed up their defensive line Tuesday by signing end Jarvis Green and agreeing to terms with tackle Jamal Williams.

Terms of the deals with the unrestricted free agents weren't disclosed.

Green, who spent his first eight NFL seasons in New England, packs 285 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame and is well versed in the 3-4 alignment that coach Josh McDaniels implemented in Denver last season after leaving Bill Belichick's Patriots staff.

Last season, Green had 47 tackles in 13 games, including 12 starts. He has tallied 232 tackles and 28 sacks in 121 games since the Patriots drafted him in the fourth round out of LSU in 2002. He also has 36 tackles and five sacks in 15 playoff games.

"He has always been a very high-grade special guy," Patriots owner Bob Kraft said of Green on WEEI. "It's unfortunate in this business, you can't keep everyone you want to keep. You have to make decisions. There are a lot of things you have to balance."

Williams, who was released by the San Diego Chargers last week after 12 seasons, also had been scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Williams made three Pro Bowls during his time in San Diego.

"Jamal is a leader and a proven high-end player at his position," Broncos general manager Brian Xanders said in a statement released by the team. "He has anchored some of the NFL's best run defenses during his career, and we are fortunate to add him to our roster."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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