Denver Broncos Free Agent Review: Derrick Harvey

Running Back Beanie Wells of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against Defensive End Derrick Harvey of the Denver Broncos during the preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In continuation of the Denver Broncos Free Agents, we come to Defensive End Derrick Harvey. Derrick was an early entrant for the 2008 NFL Draft after an All-American Junior year at Florida. He had a fast 40-Time (4.84) and fooled many who took the bait and rode the hype. He was selected by Jacksonville in the first round (8th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Derrick Harvey

#95 / Defensive- End / Denver Broncos



Nov 09, 1986 (Age: 25)


Agent: Creative Artists Agency

Derrick joined the Broncos as a free agent on Aug. 1, 2011 as a 4th-year Defensive End who saw action in five games his first season with the Broncos and had four tackles (two solo).

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Derrick Harvey 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3

2011 Season Highlights:

At Tennessee (Week 3) Harvey recovered a fumbled forced by Von Miller at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Derrick appeared in 5 games (0 starts) for the Broncos in 2011. He was Active during Weeks 2-5, again in Week 13 at Minnesota and spent the other 12 games Inactive on game day.
The Broncos gave him a second shot to see if they coach "coach him up," but Harvey wasn't able to crack the Broncos defensive line rotation and at this point, could be considered a bust.

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select Harvey in 2008, giving Baltimore the No. 26 pick, two 3rd-rounders, and a 4th-round pick in 2008. The Jags ran out of patience on Harvey after he lost playing time to Jeremy Mincey in 2010 and showed almost no pass-rushing ability in three years. He was released in July 2011.

The Broncos spent $600,000 on the failed experiment known as Derrick Harvey in 2011. If they bring him back, he will make a minimum $700,000 in 2012. Considering his price tag was over $100,000 per game for a one Tackle average per, Harvey's supply doesn't meet the demand and I can't envision the Broncos would be interested in another year of sunk costs or literal "dead money." Perhaps he is playing out of position and would be nore productive as a 3-4 Outside Linebacker.

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