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By Dan Parr

New Broncos DE Jarvis Green says he's happy to be in Denver and is enjoying getting to know his teammates, but don't ask him for any predictions about next season.

"That's bad luck in this business," he told PFW. "I could say I'm going to go climb Pikes Peak or something. I could say something like that, but I can't say much about what's going to happen on the football field.

"I've been looking at the mountains. I'm curious about just going out there and checking it out. I can say this: I will make a trip up to the mountains, but I can't say much about what's going to happen on the football field."

Green, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Patriots, signed a four-year deal that included $7 million guaranteed, according to reports, in March. While some expect him to become the Broncos' starting right end, Green said there was no discussion about what his role would be before he signed the deal.

"We know what we have to do," he said. "It's not like (head coach Josh McDaniels) had to sit there and put something on paper. Coaches and players change teams every year, but the biggest goal is to win."

Winning didn't come easy for Denver after the first six games of last season, when it dropped eight of its final 10 contests and missed the postseason. A lack of quality depth on the defensive line became an issue for the team, and the Broncos aggressively pursued some veterans to plug into their "30" front when free agency began. In addition to Green, Denver signed former Ravens DL Justin Bannan and former Chargers NT Jamal Williams.

Green is optimistic about the team's chances of bouncing back from the poor second half in 2010. He saw the Broncos' potential firsthand last season, when his Patriots fell in Denver, 20-17, on Oct. 11. His familiarity with McDaniels, who was the Patriots' defensive quality-control coach in 2002 when Green was a rookie, also played a role in his decision.

"It's just funny because, you know, eight years ago I never thought I'd be sitting here having Josh McDaniels be my head coach," Green said. "It's a blessing."

Green said he had to check in with McDaniels every morning during that '02 season, and the two would talk football for 30-45 minutes.

"He was hungry to learn," Green said. "I was the same way. He was hungry and he was always positive."

Green has made only three sacks in the past two seasons after making 14 combined in '06 and '07, but McDaniels clearly believed he had something left in the tank. The 31-year-old adds versatility — he moved around the line quite a bit while with the Patriots, playing both the five- and three-technique, amongst other spots, at times. He's not sure exactly where he'll line up with his new squad.

"We haven't been doing anything with football," Green said. "Right now we're just working out and lifting weights."

The Broncos are currently in the voluntary-workout phase of the offseason, but the first minicamps will begin after the draft, when Green's role should become more defined.

 

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