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Tuesday Workouts Include Nicholson, Strait

Tuesday is widely considered an off-day, but the Broncos talent evaluators were hard at work looking to see if there is anything out there to help the struggling defense.  Below is the report --

The Broncos worked out five defensive players Tuesday, a group that included linebacker A.J. Nicholson, a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2006, and cornerback Derrick Strait, a third-round pick by the New York Jets in 2004.
The Bengals waived Nicholson in May after he pleaded not guilty to a domestic-violence charge in Kentucky. Nicholson then agreed to a deal that included community service and a parenting class, which, if completed, would result in the charge being dropped.

Nicholson had served 60 days in a sheriff's work camp in Florida after being charged with breaking into the apartment of some Florida State teammates.

Strait, a former Thorpe Award winner as the nation's best defensive back while at the University of Oklahoma, was released by Carolina earlier this month. After being released by the Jets during the 2006 season, he also played briefly with Tampa Bay and Chicago.

The Broncos also worked out former Washington State cornerback Wale Dada; cornerback Therrian Fontenot, cut last month by Cleveland; and cornerback Carlos Hendricks, with whom Tampa Bay reached an injury settlement after he hurt his knee.

Meanwhile, former Broncos tackle Chad Mustard was scheduled for workouts in St. Louis and Detroit on Tuesday.

The team will tell you they are just doing their due-diligence, and working out street free-agents is a chore eveery team in the NFL completes each week.  While the Broncos are a bit banged up in our defensive backfield, the fact that A.J. Nicholson was on the list proves to me that the coaches see what we see -- a linebacking corp that is struggling -- and something may have to be done about it.  We'll keep you posted...