Well-traveled Purcell reaches 3-year Broncos deal

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When John Elway told Vic Fangio in March 2019 that the team was signing defensive tackle Mike Purcell, the Denver Broncos coach chuckled and said, “Be careful, you might like him.”

Almost 19 months and 17 games later, Purcell signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos. Team sources said the deal is worth just under $15 million.

Fangio had predicted that a guy who had been cut 10 times by six different teams before a stint with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance of American Football would push aside more notable signings. His prediction has come true.

“It’s amazing, a complete blessing, to be sure,” Purcell said Tuesday. “There are times you think about hanging it up, it’s time to move on and start a real career … but I’m glad I didn’t.”

At one point Purcell said he had given some thought to dropping some weight — “into the 200s” — and applying to become a firefighter. In 2017 alone, Purcell spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams, the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers, the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, all “while

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