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Report: Denver Broncos Working Out Defensive Lineman Henry Melton Sunday

With a lack of veteran depth on the defensive line, the Broncos are working out a former Pro Bowler.

The Denver Broncos have to do something. After losing Phil Taylor for the season, and then starting right defensive end Vance Walker to a torn ACL, the Denver defensive line is missing veteran depth. 

The fist-string unit is formidable, with Derek Wolfe (LDE), Sylvester Williams (NT), and Jared Crick (RDE) all experienced veterans in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips's 3-4 scheme. But behind them, there are questions. 

We had heard buzz that the Broncos made a few calls around the league, looking for D-linemen on the trading block, but today, a report by ESPN's Jenna Laine has the team working out a former Pro Bowler.

Henry Melton was a 2009 fourth round pick of the Chicago Bears out of Texas. He spent his first five years in the Windy City, where he had his best year as a pro in 2012. 

As a 4-3 defensive tackle, Melton notched six sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012 and it earned him a Pro Bowl nod. The production also came in a contract year, triggering the Bears to place the franchise tag on Melton. 

The franchise tag was a one-year, $8.45 million commitment from the Bears, but Melton injured his knee in the third game of the year, losing the balance of the season on injured reserve. The Bears let him hit the open market the following season, where he signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, worth up to $29 million. It was very much a back-loaded "prove it" deal. 

Melton did prove it, totaling five sacks for the Cowboys. But he faded somewhat down the stretch and finished the season on IR. The Cowboys chose to part ways with Melton and he played last season in Tampa, reuniting with the coach who drafted him Lovie Smith

Now a free agent, Melton is looking for redemption and a home. Denver could be the perfect fit for him, as he's known for being a "smallish" 3-technique, with a penetrating skill-set. You don't often see interior D-linemen with the sack totals Melton has tallied. 

According to OverTheCap, the Broncos have $5.751 million in available cap space. And GM John Elway has been known to get creative with free agent deals. 

Depending on how much money he's looking for, and how good of shape he's in, I could see this working out well for the Broncos and Henry Melton. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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