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Broncos beef up O-line by signing guard Evan Mathis

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos that could be worth up to $4 million.

The Broncos are high on rookie left guard Max Garcia, but they already have two starters - left tackle Ty Sambrailo and center Matt Paradis - who are NFL novices.

So, they were looking for some more experience along the line.

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They suddenly sport one of the best guard combinations in the NFL: Mathis and Louis Vasquez were both first-team AP All-Pros in 2013.

Mathis will help protect Peyton Manning, who's trying to become the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl at age 39.

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