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Bron­cos bol­ster of­fen­sive line by trad­ing for vet­eran Allen Bar­bre, who most re­cently played for the Ea­gles.

The Bron­cos on Wed­nes­day ac­quired 10thyear of­fen­sive line­man Allen Bar­bre from the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in ex­change for a con­di­tional sev­enth-round draft pick in 2019.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound vet­eran has played 76 ca­reer games with the Pack­ers (2007-09), the Sea­hawks (2010-11) and the Ea­gles (2013-16) and now joins a crowded of­fen­sive line room in Den­ver with a chance to com­pete for a start­ing job.

A fourth-round pick by Green Bay in 2007, Bar­bre, 33, signed with the Ea­gles in 2013 and inked a three-year ex­ten­sion the fol­low­ing sea­son. In his four years in Philadel­phia, he started 25 games at left guard and four at right tackle but said in an in­ter­view with 104.3 The Fan on Wed­nes­day that he feels most com­fort­able on the left side.

But he was brought in to com­pete for a start­ing job, putting pres­sure on thirdyear guard Max Gar­cia, who started ev­ery game and played all 1,072 of­fen­sive snaps at guard last year. When the Bron­cos signed vet­eran Ron Leary in free agency, they ini­tially had Gar­cia on the right side but flipped him back to the left side dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bar­bre’s ar­rival puts pres­sure on thirdyear guard Max Gar­cia, who started ev­ery game and played all 1,072 of­fen­sive snaps at guard last sea­son for Den­ver. When the Bron­cos signed vet­eran Ron Leary in free agency in March, they ini­tially had Gar­cia on the right side but flipped him back to the left dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It’s re­ally about the best over­all fit. The best of­fen­sive lines play well to­gether,” coach Vance Joseph said in June.

Bar­bre has one year re­main­ing on his con­tract with a nonguar­an­teed salary of $1.75 mil­lion. If he fails to make the fi­nal ros­ter, the Bron­cos keep their 2019 con­di­tional draft pick.

In­jury news to be­gin.

The Bron­cos’ list of in­jured and re­cov­er­ing play­ers is short. Three — Shaquil Bar­rett (hip), Chad Kelly (wrist) and Jake Butt (knee) — will be­gin train­ing camp Thurs­day on the non­foot­ball in­jury list. One — Kyle Peko (foot) — will be on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list. And three oth­ers will slowly work their way back to full speed.

Vet­eran run­ning back Ja­maal Charles has been re­hab­bing from mul­ti­ple knee surg­eries that he un­der­went while with the Kansas City Chiefs. Cen­ter Matt Par­adis had surgery on both hips early in the off­sea­son and was re­cently cleared to re­sume foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties. And de­fen­sive end Adam Got­sis had arthro­scopic knee surgery in June.

“All three guys were cleared for train­ing camp,” Joseph said. “Matt Par­adis, for the first week, he’s only go­ing to do drills and walk­throughs. The same with Adam Got­sis, drills and walk­throughs. As for Ja­maal, he’s been cleared for every­thing. But that be­ing said, we’re not go­ing to push him out there too quickly and burn Ja­maal out.”

Jobs on the line.

Rookie tackle and firstround pick Garett Bolles will be­gin camp with the first-team of­fense, a sign of his progress dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties and the Bron­cos’ ex­pec­ta­tions for him this year as he vies for the start­ing job.

“He has to know what to do on ev­ery play and block his guy. It’s as sim­ple as that,” Joseph said. “He’s go­ing to be with the first team along with Ty Sam­brailo (Thurs­day).”

Re­turn of Kubes.

The Bron­cos re­hired Gary Ku­biak as a se­nior per­son­nel ad­viser Tues­day, a move El­way fully ex­pected since Ku­biak stepped down from coach­ing in Jan­uary.

“When Gary left here — I never planned on him leav­ing any­ways — he never re­ally left,” El­way said. “He just had to get some sep­a­ra­tion. When we talked about what he wanted to do as far as step­ping down as a head coach, I talked to him about com­ing back in some kind of ca­pac­ity. Gary is a very bright foot­ball man, and he can bring a lot to us. That’s why I’m ex­cited he is go­ing to come back. He’s a great eval­u­a­tor. He’s a big bonus for us on the per­son­nel side. … Foot­ball guys can’t stay away from foot­ball.”

Joseph was con­sulted on the hire and wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to bring him back on staff.

“I worked for him, and most of my coach­ing prin­ci­ples come from Coach Ku­biak,” Joseph said. “For me, self­ishly, to have him around and to kind of bounce things off of him as a young head coach, I’m em­brac­ing that. I want to have around me as many guys that can help me that I can have.”

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