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Former Alabama safety Mark Barron signs a one-year contract for the Denver Broncos

Mark Barron (No. 26) of the Steelers sacks Cardinals' QB Kyler Murray in 2019
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He will spend his ninth NFL season with the Denver Broncos.

A former safety at the University of Alabama, Mark Barron made the move to weakside linebacker in 2015 as a member of the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. After having some success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rams, the former first-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He mentored Minkah Fitzpatrick, another former Crimson Tide standout, and finished with 82 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups and one interception.

Barron was released from the Steelers on March 16, but the Mobile (Ala.) has found a new team.

Per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he reached a one-year agreement with the Denver Broncos.

Once a five-star athlete, he was twice named first-team All-American (2010, 2011) and was on two BCS National Championship teams (2009, 2011) for Alabama. With getting Barron, the Broncos have beefed up its linebacker room with superstars in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.

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The three-time All-SEC (2009-11) selection will be reunited with his former Tide teammate, Kareem Jackson, and former Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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