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Broncos sign Bucs free agent defensive lineman Clinton McDonald

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One of the Buccaneers veterans and locker room leaders has moved on to the AFC West. Clinton McDonald has agreed to leave Tampa Bay on a two year deal to the Denver Broncos.

Denver beat writer and radio host Mike Klis had it first Wednesday afternoon:

McDonald came to the Bucs as a free agent, after playing on the Seahawks Super Bowl 48 winning team four years ago signing a four year $12 million deal in 2014. He led Bucs in sacks with five a year ago, made $2 million last year.

McDonald seemingly became expendable, when the Buccaneers signed two free agent defensive linemen last week. They grabbed Beau Allen from the World Champion Eagles and then, also agreed with Bears defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.

Playing side by side with All Pro Gerald McCoy, McDonald was more of a run stopper and drawing double teams in the Bucs schemes. He missed the last last 10 games of the 2015 season with a torn pectoral muscle.

The nine year veteran was originally drafted in the seventh round by the Bengals in 2009. He was eventually traded to Seattle just before the 2011 season.

Well know for is charity work with the U.S. Military, this past year McDonald was voted by his Tampa Bay teammates as their “Walter Payton Man of the Year” recipient.

Denver was seeking some inside defensive line depth to go along with perennial Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller.

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