Mark Barron Becomes a Bronco
Former Crimson Tide Safety and now converted linebacker, Mark Barron has found his way back into the NFL. Barron has come to a one-year agreement with the Denver Broncos. He joins Vic Fangio's defense after spending last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Broncos brought him in after losing rookie Justin Strnad to a wrist injury.
Barron is entering his ninth year in the NFL, he has accumulated 710 tackles, 42 pass deflections, 12 sacks, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 119 games.
The linebacker was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent his first three seasons with the team, Barron was traded to the Rams where he made the conversion to linebacker.
His conversion to coverage linebacker extended his career and has utilized his strengths as a physical football player.
Barron started nine of the 15 games his played in last season for the Steelers, making 82 tackles, with one interception and one forced fumble.
The former Crimson Tide linebacker has earned $49.7 million over the course of his career.
Barron is a former five-star prospect out of St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. He was a part of Nick Saban's initial 2008 recruiting class and ultimately won two national championships for the Crimson Tide. Barron was named First Team All-American twice and First Team All-SEC three times during his time in Tuscaloosa.