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Ex-Bill Bannan returns to Broncos

Justin Bannan expects his second stint with the Denver Broncos to go much better than his first.

The 11th-year defensive tackle signed a one-year deal Wednesday to return to the team he played for during a 4-12 season in 2010, the worst in franchise history.

Now, he gets to play between Pro Bowl pass-rushers Elvis Dumervil, who missed the entire 2010 season, and Von Miller, the 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year. And with Peyton Manning.

"It's a blessing," said Bannan, who was released by the St. Louis Rams over the winter. "I've played against this guy more than enough, a couple times in the playoffs. To me, he's the greatest player I've ever played around or played against."

Drafted by Buffalo after a standout career at Colorado, Bannan has played in 144 NFL games with the Bills (2002-05), Ravens (2006-09), Broncos and Rams.


Around the league

* Jim Irsay says Colts officials are even more impressed with Andrew Luck after a three-hour meeting Tuesday in Indianapolis. Irsay has said the Colts will take a quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

* Linebacker Lance Briggs has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Chicago through the 2014 season.

* Bill Parcells told ESPN his initial reaction to the suspensions in New Orleans was to help head coach Sean Payton by filling in for a season, but ultimately the former NFL head coach decided he was too comfortable in retirement.

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