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Hamilton stays with Broncos, Gold comes back

DENVER (March 3, 2005) -- Ian Gold is coming back to Denver and Ben Hamilton is staying put.

The Broncos signed Gold, a sixth-year linebacker, to a free agent contract, bringing him back to the team after a one-year stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hamilton, meanwhile, will stay with the team despite being a coveted offensive lineman in free agency.

Terms for both deals were not immediately available.

Denver has also been negotiating with free agent defensive lineman Chike Okeafor. The signings of Gold, Hamilton and the trade for defensive lineman Gerard Warren, however, could very well be their biggest moves of the offseason.

Gold, a second-round draft pick in 2000, became a starter for the Broncos in 2002 and made 6½ sacks. The season before that, he made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player. He has 374 tackles in 70 games with the Broncos and Bucs over his five seasons.

Hamilton has started every game for the last three years for Denver. He didn't miss a snap last season and was one of Denver's top priorities in free agency this season. Last month, the Broncos released Dan Neil, but hope the rest of the line will remain in tact.

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