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Hamza Abdullah No Longer Restricted, Re-Signs With Broncos

The Broncos officially brought back one of their own by resigning SS Hamza Abdullah to a one year contract --

Remove Hamza Abdullah from the restricted free agent market.

The fourth-year safety signed his contract tender from the Broncos. Expected to open the season as the Broncos' starting strong safety, Abdullah will receive a $927,000 salary.

The restricted free-agent period expires Friday and with no offer sheets from other teams coming, Abdullah decided to clear his mind and concentrate on getting ready for the 2008 season.

A seventh-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005, Abdullah was eventually signed by the Broncos and started the final eight games in 2007.

He will likely begin training camp starting at strong safety next to veteran John Lynch, although both safeties will receive competition from veteran free agents Marquand Manuel and Marlon McCree.

From those four safeties, Abdullah, 24, is by far the youngest and is also the fastest so he may be the only every-down player from the group.