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McDaniels hires Barone to be Broncos' tight ends coach

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- New Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels hired San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Clancy Barone on Friday for the same job in Denver.

Barone, 45, spent two years with the Chargers. Previously, he was assistant offensive line coach and then tight ends coach with the Atlanta Falcons.

In his two years under Barone in San Diego, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught 135 passes for 1,688 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In Atlanta, Barone coached Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler.

Barone also coached at Wyoming, Houston and Texas State in his college career.

The Broncos hired McDaniels on Jan. 12 to replace Mike Shanahan, who was fired.

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