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Broncos signing Cowboys guard Ronald Leary

Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 23: Ronald Leary #65 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts in the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Broncos are taking steps to protect Tony Romo with a familiar face, before they’re even allowed to pursue Tony Romo officially.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Broncos are signing former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary (#barringalatesnag).

Leary was a solid starter for the Cowboys, but was covered up when they acquired La’El Collins, and was looking to reclaim a starting job somewhere.

He stepped back into the lineup when Collins was injured last year, and has been a steady contributor to one of the best lines in the league.

Now, he’s being recognized for it, and would be a valuable piece as the Broncos look to bring in a quarterback who needs to be protected.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m. ET: Mike Klis of KUSA says it’s a four-year deal worth $8.5 million a year, with a guarantee approaching $20 million.