Broncos Sign G Chris Kuper to 6-Year Extension

The Denver Broncos announced that they have signed restricted free agent guard Chris Kuper to a six-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

A fifth-round pick (161st overall) out of the University of North Dakota in 2006, Kuper has started 42 games at right guard for the Broncos over the last three seasons. The 6-4, 303-pound Anchorage, Alaska native was a restricted free agent this off-season, and was tendered at the "First Round" level. Prior to this extension, Kuper, 27, was to earn a $2.521 million dollar base salary in 2010.

"We are extremely excited about the extension of Chris Kuper's contract and the fact that he will be a Bronco for a long time," Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said. "He exemplifies the qualities that we look for in our players both on and off the field. We look forward to his continued leadership and toughness in our efforts to build a championship-caliber team."

"The fact that the Broncos are putting this much trust in me is an incredible feeling," Kuper said. "It is a dream come true. I'd like to thank Mr. (Owner, President/CEO Pat) Bowlen, Coach McDaniels and (GM) Brian Xanders for getting this deal done.

"This is where I wanted to be because I feel like this team is headed in the right direction, and my family is excited that we can stay here and be a part of it," Kuper said. "I really hope that at some point I can say that I finished my career as a Bronco and won a couple of Super Bowls here, too."

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