As is their custom with John Elway heading up the team’s football operations, the Denver Broncos have continued a little free-agency work even as the draft approaches.
Last year they signed defensive end Shaun Phillips to a one-year deal that included incentives for sack totals during the draft weekend and Phillips went on to lead the team in sacks with 10. Monday, the Broncos signed defensive tackle Marvin Austin, a second-round pick by the New York Giants in the 2011 draft.
Austin hasn't quite lived up to that draft status, but has some experience -- 11 games played over the last two seasons. His appearance on the roster, isn’t enough to keep the Broncos from taking a long look at the interior defensive linemen in this draft class. Austin’s career has been injury-marred to this point. He missed his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle and was waived/injured last year by the Dallas Cowboys after hurting his back in practice.
Austin still has some room to grow on his developmental curve if he can stay healthy, but the Broncos will still take a long look at this year’s class of defensive tackles. There is some quality value to be found, especially in the draft’s first two days.