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As far as the Broncos are concerned Jaylon Smith Jersey , Adam "Pacman" Jones brings experience and energy to Denver but none of the baggage from a long list of run-ins with the law and the league.

The Broncos signed Jones to a one-year, $1,015,000 deal over the weekend to bolster their banged-up secondary and their punt return unit.

Although Jones' background includes two dozen games lost to suspension over his 11-year NFL career, coach Vance Joseph vouched for Jones' character as a player and as a person Monday.

"I've coached him for two seasons and his football character is A-plus," said Joseph, who tutored Jones during his best seasons in 2014 and 2015. "He was a team captain for us. He made a Pro Bowl for me. He's great in meetings, he's great in the locker room, he's a great leader. He's played a long time in this league.

"Now, personal character, we all know the background. He would even acknowledge as a young guy he made some mistakes. But he's paid for every mistake he's made," Joseph said. "I mean, this guy has been through a lot in this life Marcus Martin Jersey , and obviously it was his own doings. But he's paid for those mistakes.

"He's matured, he's a married (father) of three and he wants to win football games. So, he's here to help us win football games."

Jones said he's come to terms with his past transgressions, suggesting "you learn from your mistakes and move on" while also confronting them head-on.

"God has blessed me with so many opportunities and I'm one of the ones who doesn't mind telling kids and people about my stories and the mistakes I've made," Jones said. "I don't have no shield. My life is a glass life. It's nothing that I'm hiding from nobody."

Jones said his focus now is on football and family .

"And I have three beautiful kids. That's what life is about for me now," Jones said. "I'm about to turn 35 and the best thing I can do right now is at least win a playoff game, you know? I haven't won a playoff game. I've been in the league 12 years. So, I'm just trying to win a playoff game and help these guys as much as I can."

"We have a talented group of guys here in the backfield, all around the team. So, I'm not here to try to take no shine. I promise you guys that. I'm here to help and lead in the best way I can."

Joseph said Jones' addition fills two needs, as a fourth cornerback and a punt returner.

He said he met with general manager John Elway and they determined that they needed help in both areas, "and there was one guy that fit the bill. I mean, he solves two issues."

The sixth overall pick of the 2005 draft by the Tennessee Titans Chester Rogers Jersey , Jones had been out of the NFL since March when the Cincinnati Bengals declined to pick up his $5.5 million contract option after his 2017 season was cut short by a groin injury.

He said he never lost hope that he'd continue his pro career that also included a stop in Dallas in 2008.

"No, I was never worried," Jones said. "That's why I kept working out. But as you saw today, if you're going to be working at mile high, you've got to work out at mile high."

The Broncos traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the Rams in the offseason and signed veteran free agent Tremaine Brock. Jones' addition was welcome news to star Chris Harris Jr., who said Jones "knows what's going on out there on the field, he's played in this system, he knows the checks, he knows everything about it."

Although Jones said he should get up to speed by the season opener against Seattle on Sept. 9, he had a tough time adjusting to the altitude at his first practice.

"Hard to breathe around here," Jones said. "But all in all, I feel good."

Joseph was non-committal about whether Jones or safety Su'a Cravens, who returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp with a sore knee http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , will play at Arizona in the Broncos' exhibition finale Thursday night.

Jones' arrival could spell trouble for cornerback Brendan Langley and punt returner Isaiah McKenzie, two members of last year's draft class who are on the roster bubble.

Nose tackle Domata Peko, who played with Jones in Cincinnati, gave him a tour of team headquarters before practice.

"He's someone that on Sunday you want him on your team," Peko said.

As the Seahawks try to keep their defense playing at its traditionally high level despite the absence of five former Pro Bowl selections, a pair of veteran additions from Minnesota along the defensive line could help steady the ship.

Seattle added former Vikings defensive tackles Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen as veteran pieces along the defensive front on consecutive days in March. While Johnson and Stephen don't directly replace Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor, they are experienced veterans that played on a Vikings defense that was among the league's best last season. Johnson and Stephen get a chance to return to Minnesota to face their former team in Seattle's third preseason game Friday night.

"This was the place that kind of wanted both of us," Johnson said. "I ended up telling him I was going to come here and shortly after he made the decision to come out. It was a great deal."

Johnson 鈥?one of the few players still in the NFL to have played in NFL Europe 鈥?brings the ability to rush the passer from the interior. He posted a career-high 6.5 sacks with Minnesota in 2014 before netting just two in each of the last two seasons.

"I wish we found him six or seven years ago," coach Pete Carroll said of Johnson. "He's one of our guys. He's got the chip on his shoulder and he shows it day in and day out by the way he approaches his work. ... He's fantastic and we love the fact that he's in that room (and) got a lot of young guys with him. He's got a fantastic influence on those guys."

Stephen is more of a space-eating force that the Seahawks hope can help get the team's run defense back on track after it had some uncharacteristic struggles last season. After three straight seasons in the top five against the run, the Seahawks fell to 19th last year, allowing an average of 114 yards per game on the ground.

"Shamar is big Tavon Austin Jersey , thick, studly, big strong hands getting off blocks and filling up the line of scrimmage, and he's a really good pursuit guy," Carroll said.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed was perturbed early in camp by all the focus on the players who weren't with the team: Avril, Bennett, Sherman, Chancellor and Earl Thomas, whose holdout continues nearly a month into camp.

"Too many people are worried about them being gone," Reed said. "We got the team here right now that's going to go out there and battle with us on Sundays. I'm honestly tired of hearing it. We got guys right here and they can do the same thing and I just want everybody to believe in us."

Added Johnson: "We got a mix of guys that's athletic enough and strong enough and smart enough to be the top defensive linemen in the league so that's one of our goals to strive for right now."

Reed and Johnson have been Seattle's starting defensive tackles throughout the preseason with Stephen and second-year tackle Nazair Jones rotating in situationally. Though Johnson and Stephen have more experience in the NFL than Reed or top pass-rusher Frank Clark, they've assimilated into Seattle's defensive line group seamlessly since joining the team this spring.

"They've been very respectful in understanding the fact this is Frank and Jarran's room," assistant head coach Clint Hurtt said. "We're just going to mesh and continue to build the cohesiveness of the unit and it's been outstanding. They're a pleasure to have."

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