Justin Bannan signs with Broncos to fill defensive tackle needs

Veteran defensive tackle Justin Bannan will return to the Denver Broncos after signing a free agent contract with his former team on Wednesday. Bannan started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2010.

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Defensive tackle is one of the Broncos' biggest areas of need after losing Brodrick Bunkley in free agency. Ryan McBean also faces a drug suspension to start the 2012 season, although he and D.J. Williams are suing the league to have their six-game punishment overturned.

Last season Bannan started 14 games for the St. Louis Rams last year where he recorded 31 tackles and one forced fumble.

Bannan was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills and has played in 144 games with the Bills, Ravens, Broncos and Rams.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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