Broncos find their Josey Jewell replacement with LB Cody Barton

Three days after they lost free agent linebacker Josey Jewell to the Carolina Panthers, the Denver Broncos have found their replacement.

The Broncos agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Cody Barton on Friday, the linebacker’s agent, David Canter, announced on Friday evening.

The one-year contract is worth “up to” $4 million, according to KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis, but the linebacker’s base salary is not yet known.

Barton (6-2, 237 pounds) entered the league as a third-round pick out of Utah with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019. He was a special teams player and rotational linebacker through his first three seasons before starting 11 games in 2022.

Last year, Barton was a 13-game starter with the Washington Commanders, totaling 121 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. The 27-year-old linebacker has recorded 352 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks in 78 career games (29 starts).

Barton will now likely be a favorite to start next to Alex Singleton in 2024. Jonas Griffith and Drew Sanders are also returning this season.

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