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Broncos bolster secondary with Ronald Darby

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (21) defends against New York Giants tight end Scott Simonson (82) during the first half of a 2018 game.

ENGLEWOOD – The Denver Broncos have addressed their biggest defensive need by agreeing to terms with former Washington cornerback Ronald Darby on a three-year deal that can be signed on Wednesday.

The three-year, $30 million agreement with the seventh-year cornerback followed an accord with defensive end Shelby Harris to stay in Denver.

Darby is cashing in after excelling on a one-year, $4 million contract with Washington last season. He started all 16 regular season games and Washington’s playoff loss. He collected 55 tackles and broke up 16 passes.

Both deals can become official when the league’s business year begins Wednesday.

A second-round pick by Buffalo in 2015, Darby spent 2017-19 in Philadelphia, where he was a part-time starter on the Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 championship team.

Darby joins Bryce Callahan and Michael Ojemudia in the Broncos’ backfield. Earlier this offseason, the Broncos jettisoned veteran cornerback A.J. Bouye after one unproductive seas in Denver.