The Denver Broncos added to their defense when they signed free agent defensive end and former Dallas Cowboy Randy Gregory to a five-year, $70 million contract, which included $28 million in guaranteed money. Gregory, 29, is in his prime and ready to help the Broncos compete for a championship. However, the veteran pass-rusher had to take care of something before he could begin his offseason preparation for the next year. Gregory had shoulder surgery, as reported by Mike Klis of 9News.

Randy Gregory, the Broncos’ newly acquired $14 million-a-year pass rusher, recently underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his rotator cuff, a source told 9NEWS.

Gregory underwent surgery on the rotator cuff in his shoulder. The former Cowboys defensive end is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, though he will need the remainder of the offseason to rehab his shoulder.

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The Broncos knew of Gregory's shoulder issue, which popped up during his physical. There were reportedly other ways to deal with the ailment besides surgery, though the procedure was the best way to ensure that the 29-year-old would be pain-free during the season.

Despite the nagging shoulder issue and a knee injury, Gregory appeared in 12 games for the Cowboys, totaling six sacks and 17 quarterback hits while earning a 78.6 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2021.

Denver doesn't seem to be concerned about the shoulder issue popping back up, as Klis noted that the team could have disputed the contract if they had. As such, Gregory should be expected out on the field for the new-look Broncos for the start of the regular season.