The evidence of Louis Green’s value to the Broncos became clear on Monday when the team announced that the fourth-year linebacker had signed a three-year contract extension, thus bypassing a chance to test the restricted free-agent marketplace come March 2.
As in previous years with the Broncos, the balance of Green’s work came on special teams, where he finished the year with seven tackles, one forced fumble in Week 9 at Pittsburgh and a fumble recovery at San Diego in Week 14.
But the win over the Steelers also saw Green enjoy his most extensive action on defense, logging 27 plays and notching a solo tackle.
This past year also marked the first time he has ever played in all 16 games of an NFL regular season.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Selected by his teammates as the Broncos’ nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award in recognition of playing the season after the death of his mother following a long illness … Has 17 special-teams tackles in the last two seasons … The forced fumble and fumble recovery were the first of each in Green’s NFL career.
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