Jeremiah Attaochu returns to Broncos on 1-year deal

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 22: Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu #97 of the Denver Broncos rushes the passer against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Lions 27-17. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos brought back a significant part of their linebacker unit, re-signing Jeremiah Attaochu.

An already-strong outside linebacker position has gotten even stronger for the Broncos.

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have re-signed outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. It’s a one-year deal. The deal is reportedly for just $1.5 million.

Attaochu played in 12 games for the Broncos in 2018 following a one-year stint with the New York Jets, and four years with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, where his NFL career began.

Attaochu’s first game as a Bronco came in Week 5 against the division rival Chargers. His first big statistical impact came against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12 when he recorded five tackles.

On the season, Attaochu recorded 21 tackles, 3.5 sacks, as well as recovering a fumble. Attaochu also had five tackles for loss and five quarterback hits.

During the 2019 season, the Broncos allowed 103.9 rushing yards per game, including the four games prior to Attaochu’s start. In their last three games of the 2019 season, they finished sixth, allowing just 90.7 rushing yards per game.

Attaochu recorded eight tackles in those final three games.

For his career, he has 113 tackles, 15.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

This is an awesome move for the Broncos. Attaochu joins an outside linebacking group that already boasts a superstar in Von Miller, who has over 100 career sacks to his name. They also will be blessed with the return of Bradley Chubb for the 2020 season after he missed the year with a torn ACL.

Among the other outside linebackers on the team are Justin Hollins, Malik Reed, and Malik Carney. It is probably the strongest position on the current roster.

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This is a great move, as Attaochu stepped up with Chubb’s absence. Attaochu is just 27-years old and hopefully, the Broncos will decide to bring him back for more years to come.