The Broncos have added more experience — and size — to the defensive line.
Recently released Seattle Seahawk Kevin Vickerson signed with the team Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5, 321-pounder spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, accumulating 75 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
“He’s a big, talented guy that has played a couple different places and was playing well in the preseason,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “I wasn’t expecting (him to be released) — I don’t think (General Manager) Brian (Xanders) was either, but our personnel department had really done their work.”
In 2009, Vickerson made the first two starts of his career, playing in 13 games and posting 49 tackles, nine quarterback pressures and three passes defensed. He tied for the team lead in quarterback pressures in two games — part of a Titans defense that helped the team bounce back from an 0-6 start to narrowly miss the playoffs at 8-8.
Originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Vickerson didn’t see playing time until signing with the Titans in 2007. He played in Tennessee’s playoff contests in 2007 and 2008, making four tackles in the latter against Baltimore.
“(We) just felt like he could really give us some flexibility — he’s played over the nose and he’s also played on the end,” McDaniels said. “He gives you some pass rush and he’s still a relatively younger player.”
“Hopefully we’ll be ready to go with him on Sunday.”
To make room for the addition, the team released defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
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