Denver signs a free agent lineman

Maurice Williams (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent OL Maurice Williams.

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent OL Maurice Williams.

Williams (6-foot-5, 302 pounds) is a 10th-year offensive lineman who spent his first nine NFL seasons with Jacksonville, which selected him in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft from the University of Michigan. He has appeared in 105 career regular-season games (100 starts) along with three playoff contests (3 starts).

Williams, whose 100 career starts rank seventh in Jaguars history, has started all 16 games for a season five times in his career. In the regular season, he has started 86 games at right tackle, 12 games at right guard and two contests at left tackle. The versatile lineman figures to back up at left tackle and guard for Denver.

The veteran started all 16 games for the Jaguars during four consecutive seasons from 2003-06 as one of 14 players in the NFL to accomplish that feat at either the tackle or guard positions.

After the Jaguars waived him last December, Williams was claimed by the Detroit Lions, but he wound up failing the team physical.

An honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior at Michigan, Williams attended Pershing High School in Detroit. He was born on Jan. 26, 1979.



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