The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Drayton Florence on Thursday, the team announced.
Florence (6-foot-0, 193 pounds) is a 10th-year player who has seen action in 136 career regular-season games (96 starts) with San Diego (2003-07), Jacksonville (2008) and Buffalo (2009-11), totaling 425 tackles (359 solo), 17 interceptions (204 yds.), 89 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He also played five postseason games (3 starts) and recorded 21 tackles (17 solo) with three interceptions (34 yds.) and six passes defensed.
"Coming to Denver, meeting with Coach Fox, just knowing the history about the Broncos, I thought it was a great fit. The offseason additions with Peyton Manning, obviously-when you have a guy like that playing the quarterback position, it gives your team a great opportunity to go out and win ballgames. Then with the defense they already had in place here, I just thought it was a great fit. [CB] Champ Bailey, obviously, being one of the better corners in this league for a while, being able to play with him is something that's going to be special. [CB] Tracy Porter is a guy that's here also that is going to contribute to this defense. I just thought it would be a good fit for me to come in here and bring my physical attributes and playmaking abilities to this team, try to get into the playoffs and make a run at a ring."
He has competed in at least 13 regular-season contests in each of his nine NFL seasons and is coming off consecutive campaigns for the Bills in which he started all 16 games for the club.
Florence spent a season in Jacksonville playing for former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, now the defensive coordinator in Denver.
"Yes, the familiarity always is good when you've played for somebody and you know how they work. The system, the language is going to be familiar. So it was a good fit. I'm glad to know a lot of the guys already that are on the staff-a lot of the offensive guys were in Buffalo when I was there, so I know a few of those guys also."
Originally drafted by the Chargers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, Florence was a first-team Division II All-America selection at Tuskagee University, where he finished his collegiate career. He played at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1999-2000.
A graduate of Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., Florence was born on Dec. 19, 1980, in Waycross, Ga.