The New Orleans Saints have signed defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to a five-year, $25 million contract that guarantees him $9 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Bunkley will help to anchor the Saints' defensive line as they hope to make a run despite the punishments laid down recently by the NFL.
Bunkley, 28, played five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before spending last season with the Denver Broncos. A first-round pick out of Florida State in 2006, he's been a starter for most of his career. Starting 13 of the 16 games he played for Denver last season, Bunkley recorded 35 tackles and forced a fumble for one of the NFL's better defenses.
The Broncos were hoping to retain Bunkley's services to bulk up the defensive line, but the Saints made an aggressive offer for a player that can be quite effective in certain roles.
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