On Tuesday, Purcell’s true value — already seen on film and in the stat sheet since he took over the nose tackle job in Week 5 a year ago — materialized in the form of a three-year, $14.8 million contract extension that will keep him in Denver through 2023. That deal includes $6.8 million guaranteed.

Afterward, the humble Purcell reflected on the “up-and-down” road that led him to a big payday with his hometown team.

“There’s been multiple times when I thought about hanging it up or maybe that was time to move on and start a real career,” Purcell said. “That year in general (in 2017), being on six different teams in one calendar season, it was a lot. And my wife was pregnant with our daughter at the time… That whole year kind of hurt, but I kept pushing. If I didn’t keep pushing, I wouldn’t be here today.”

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