Broncos, CB Goodman reach five-year, $25 million agreement

DENVER -- Cornerback Andre' Goodman reached an agreement on a five-year contract with the Denver Broncos, a team that has been busy retooling its secondary through free agency.

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the five-year deal is worth $25 million, with more than $10 million guaranteed.

2008 Statistics
Starts: 16

Tackles: 39

Interceptions: 5

Goodman, who helped the Miami Dolphins turn around their fortunes last year, is the third defensive back the Broncos have lured to Denver since free agency began late last week. The team also added veteran safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill. Hill played with Goodman in Miami for the last three seasons.

The Broncos have made defense a high priority this offseason after ranking at or near the bottom of the NFL in every major defensive category last season, when they surrendered 448 points.

Goodman, 30, replaces Dre' Bly, who was released last month when the Broncos' new braintrust of head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders jettisoned five defensive starters and cleared $37 million in salary-cap room.

Goodman will team up with star cornerback Champ Bailey in Denver.

"Andre's very happy about the whole situation," said Goodman's agent, Jason Chayut. "Look at that secondary, it's tremendous. He's really excited."

Goodman started 16 games for the Dolphins last season, leading the team with five interceptions and 19 pass breakups.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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