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Denver Broncos Veteran Cut DE Henry Melton

Despite his veteran experience, the Broncos have released Henry Melton.

Henry Melton, we hardly knew ye. 

When the Denver Broncos signed Melton off the street just days before their third preseason game, it felt like they had found another diamond-in-the-rough veteran who could contribute to the D-line rotation. 

After two preseason games and less than two weeks with the team, the Broncos have released Melton.

Melton would have cost less than $1 million this year. He was able to get good interior pressure in Game 3 vs. San Francisco, but disappeared in Game 4. His knee injury might have had something to do with that. 

It might have also had something to do with his release, although he did return to the game in Arizona after getting helped off the field. The Broncos released Kyle Peko today, leaving Billy Winn and Lars Koht as the only other defensive ends on the roster, behind their big three—Derek WolfeJared Crick and Adam Gotsis

Unless the Broncos are able to find a candidate they like better on the waiver wire, it's looking like Winn will be their fourth guy. Koht has potential, but I'd be shocked if they keep him on the roster, although he is a prime candidate for the practice squad. 

The upside with Winn is that he can also play the nose. Versatility is a treasured asset in the National Football League. 

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