Broncos Sign 7th Round LB Jammie Kirlew

The Denver Broncos announced the signing of seventh-round linebacker Jammie Kirlew.

Terms were not disclosed, but the Broncos sign draft picks in rounds two through seven to four-year deals. Based on his draft slot, Kirlew likely received a signing bonus between $49,000-$50,000.

Kirlew, a 6-1, 260-pound defensive end/linebacker from Indiana, is the second of the Broncos' nine picks in the 2010 NFL Draft to sign a contract, joining fellow seventh-round pick Syd'Quan Thompson, a cornerback from Cal, who signed last Friday.

A started in 41 of his 48 games for the Hoosiers, Kirlew totaled 220 tackles, including 52.5 for a loss, along with 23 quarterback sacks and nine forced fumbles during his four-year career. Over his final two seasons, Kirlew's pass-rushing prowess (17 sacks over two seasons) earned him team Most Valuable Player honors. Kirlew's 10.5 quarterback sacks as a junior made him one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, which was won by current Washington Redskins defensive end Brian Orakpo. (Kirlew's Broncos' teammate, Elvis Dumervil, won the award in 2005)

Kirlew is expected to make an immediate impact on special teams, and could be used as a situational pass-rusher this season.

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