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Denver Broncos: Free Agent Derrick Harvey Signs to Re-Unite with Tim Tebow

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:   Ryan Torain #46 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by Derrick Harvey #91 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIAugust 1, 2011

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent defensive end Derrick Harvey. The former first rounder is entering his fourth season in NFL, and will look to get rid of the bust-signed connected with his name.

Harvey has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the last three seasons, but he is perhaps the best known for having the franchise record for the longest contract holdout. His rookie holdout lasted 33 days.

Derrick Harvey is a Florida alumnus and had a very impressive college career with the Gators.  He was selected Second-Team All-SEC both in 2006 and in 2007, he was on the team that won the SEC Championship in 2006 and the BCS National Championship in 2007. He was also the BCS National Championship Game MVP in 2007.

Harvey's efforts prompted the Jaguars to take him off the draft board as the eight pick overall in 2008.

It is likely that the Broncos have signed Harvey to play defensive tackle. Standing at 6’5” and 268 pounds, he certainly has the size to play the position.

By joining the Denver Broncos, Harvey will be reunited with fellow former Gator, Tim Tebow, who also was a part of the team that won the SEC Championship in 2006 and the BCS Championship in 2007.

Time will tell if Harvey is a great fit for the Denver Broncos, but the Denver Broncos is certainly a great fit for Derrick Harvey.

Since the Broncos have a lack of decent defensive tackles at this point, and was in a desperate need to acquire one, Harvey finds himself in a situation where he can possibly see a lot of time on the field.

He has had ample playing time he was drafted. He has appeared in all but one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ regular season games, and he has started 32 of those 47 games.

Harvey started only seven games last season on a defense that was far from dominant. So far in his career, he has recorded 88 combined tackles and eight sacks. However, he only managed to rack up 12 tackles last season.

The former Jaguar is arriving in Denver with a chip on his shoulder, and he is looking to resurrect his career.

He is yet to show all of his potential up to this point, but we cannot imagine anyone better to bring out the best in a former teammate than the motivational Tim Tebow.

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