The Denver Broncos made a move to bolster their defensive line on Sunday, signing veteran defensive tackle Henry Melton, who they worked out earlier this morning. The news comes via Melton's own Instagram.
Melton, 29, spent 2015 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he contributed 30 tackles and a pair of sacks in a backup role behind Gerald McCoy. Earlier in his career, he spent time with the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2012 with the Bears and had a nine-game stretch with the Cowboys in 2014 in which he posted 5 sacks. In his career, he's totaled 22.5 sacks, 134 tackles, seven passes defensed and four forced fumbles.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... The move is certainly a reaction to the loss of potential starter Vance Walker with a torn ACL. In all likelihood, Melton will use his 6-foot-3, 295-pound frame to slide over and play defensive end in the 3-4 defense. Furthermore, the signing of Melton allows the rookie Adam Gotsis to be eased into the rotation rather than immediately being pressed into action.
Don't expect Melton to leapfrog Jared Crick in the starting lineup, however. Expect him to contribute in a similar role as Walker did last season, spelling Wolfe and Crick and providing an interior pass rush alongside Gotsis.
This will be the eighth season in the NFL for Melton after being drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft after a solid career with the Texas Longhorns. By no means is he a lock to make the 53-man roster, but his presence will make roster cuts a little more tense for Billy Winn.
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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.