Clinton McDonald eager to bring his leadership to Broncos locker room

Clinton McDonald says he sees “a lot of similarities” between the Broncos of today and the 2013 Super Bowl-winning Seahawks team for which he played.

Clinton McDonald

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Clinton McDonald (98) during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (Tom DiPace via AP)

Clinton McDonald
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Clinton McDonald (98) during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (Tom DiPace via AP)

The Broncos didn’t draft any defensive linemen this year, leaving veteran Clinton McDonald as their biggest acquisition on the defensive line this offseason.

A team captain in Tampa Bay, the 31-year-old McDonald also played for the Seahawks from 2011-13. His final game with the Seahawks before he joined the Bucs was their Super Bowl XLVIII win over Denver, so he experienced the Seahawks at their best.

“[There are] a lot of similarities,” McDonald told Ray Crockett and Marc Stout. “The organizations are geared around championships. They’re geared around winning. The players are enthusiastic about being here and excited about making a run at it again, and the talent level — it’s a lot of talent on this team, and not just a lot of talent, but a lot of experience, a lot of experienced players, as well.”

To that, McDonald, a team captain with the Bucs, hopes to bring an infusion of leadership.

“They’re getting a hard-nosed, blue-collar guy that comes to work and doesn’t take anything less than his best as far as his effort, his mindset and his ability,” McDonald said when asked what the Broncos would be getting in him.

“He’s a guy that’s going to be the glue in the locker room, the glue on the field, and a guy that’s focused on his craft, not focused on anything else but making the organization look good, making the community look good, getting involved in the community, getting involved in the team and what the team has to offer.”

McDonald also had high praise for Case Keenum, having been on the losing end of a game against the Keenum-led Vikings last season. Keenum diced up the Bucs for 369 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-33 passing, powering Minnesota to a 34-17 romp.

“The guy put the ball on the money,” McDonald recalled. “The guy knows where his receivers are, knows what’s going on in front of him, can evade the rush when he needs to and kind of brings the team together in a good gel-like situation.”

Listen to the full interview with McDonald here:

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