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DL Smith reunites with Kubiak & Co. in Denver


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The Denver Broncos on Thursday agreed to terms with defensive lineman Antonio Smith on a one-year contract, reuniting him with the staff that coached him in Houston.

Smith, 33, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday — a move that saved $4 million in salary cap space for the Raiders.

Smith started all 16 games for the Raiders last season and had 20 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

Smith played under new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and defensive line coach Bill Kollar in Houston from 2009 to 2013. Smith recorded 27 of his 44.5 career sacks during his five seasons in Houston.

A fifth-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, Smith has played in 156 regular-season games (133 starts) with Arizona (2004-08), Houston (2009-13) and Oakland (2014).

He has started at least 15 games in each of the last six seasons and is one of just eight NFL players with multiple sacks in every season since 2005.

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