According to ESPN's Adam Schefter the Denver Broncos have decided to release veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson today.
Broncos released defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2014
Kevin Vickerson started 11 games last year for the Denver Broncos before injuring his hip against the New England Patriots which kept him out for the entire year, and sidelined him during the offseason. Vickerson also missed sometime during Training Camp before returning to game action during the Broncos week three preseason game against the Houston Texans. He also played extensively against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.
Unfortunately the writing was on the wall for the veteran defensive tackle who was surpassed by 2013 first round Sylvester Williams and free agent Marvin Austin who has been impressing the Broncos this offseason. Vickerson also was competing with veteran defensive tackle Mitch Unrein who is now expected to make the team.
#Broncos cut DT Kevin Vickerson, which reminds me of what I heard from Denver. They love DT Marvin Austin, who has been better than expected— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2014
During his productive four seasons with the Denver Broncos Vickerson totaled 82 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, and 11 pass deflections.
By releasing Kevin Vickerson the Denver Broncos will clear up $1,765,625 in cap space. Vickerson was entering his final year in his contract.
It's tough losing Vickerson who has been a solid player for the Broncos but there is just too much depth at defensive tackle, and it was just time to move on. I do think Vickerson will latch on somewhere else and be a productive member of that teams defensive rotation.
We at Mile High Report give Vickerson a big Mile High Salute to Vickerson, and hope the best for him in his future endeavors.