Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - The Denver Broncos made it official Friday and signed middle linebacker Al Wilson to a new contract.
The deal, which was agreed to on Tuesday, is reportedly worth $42 million over seven years with a signing bonus of about $10 million.
"When it came down to the final decision, where we could finally get something done, it took, like, a thousand pounds of pressure off my back," Wilson said Friday. "I'm definitely happy to be a Denver Bronco again."
Wilson, the team's defensive captain, led the club in tackles for the second year in a row in 2003 with 128, anchoring Denver's fourth-ranked defense that allowed 277.1 yards per game.
The three-time All-Pro was selected 31st overall in the 1999 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee, just three months after the Broncos' second of back-to-back Super Bowl victories. He stepped into the starting lineup in Week 3 of his rookie season after incumbent John Mobley tore his right ACL, and has started all but five games since.
For his career, Wilson has amassed 647 tackles with 15 sacks and three interceptions. He also has 30 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and six recoveries.