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Broncos reportedly sign first-round OLB Ray


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The Denver Broncos reportedly signed first-round pass rusher Shane Ray on Monday.

The deal is worth about $9 million over four years, including a $4.8 million signing bonus, the Denver Post reported.

The Broncos drafted Ray 23rd overall — moving up five spots in a trade with the Detroit Lions to take the Missouri linebacker as he slid down the first round due to a citation for marijuana possession the week before the draft. Denver sent two fifth-round picks and center Manny Ramirez to the Lions for the No. 23 pick.

Ray, who had been recovering from a sprained toe, participated in his first practice with the Broncos on Monday during organized team activities.

“I hate watching,” Ray told the Denver Post. “Being out there to actually get some work in, it feels great. I just want to continue to get better and do whatever rehab I have to do to make sure my foot continues to heal and I don’t take any steps back.”

Third-round tight end Jeff Heuerman, who underwent knee surgery last week, is the only Denver draft pick not signed.

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