Denver Broncos offensive linemen Manny Ramirez and Louis Vasquez are used to practicing against former Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. This week against the Chiefs, they'll put that practice to good use.
Vickerson has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ProFootballTalk.com. The Broncos released Vickerson two weekends ago in one of their tougher decisions during roster cuts.
The Chiefs lost starting linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito to season-ending Achilles injuries in Week One; adding a veteran defender was inevitable. Vickerson, a nine-year vet who was arguably Denver's best defensive lineman before his 2013 season ended with a hip injury, will be added to a defensive line rotation in KC that includes Allen Bailey and Dontari Poe.
Vickerson has experience playing defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, so could be a candidate to directly replace DeVito on the edge at RDE. It may be Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin facing off against Vickerson Sunday.
It was previously rumored that Vickerson was signing with the Cincinnati Bengals. Those rumors never came to fruition.
Look, we can't blame the depth-hungry Chiefs for adding Vickerson. And we can't blame Vickerson for signing with any NFL team - it's obviously what's best for him and his family, and we're happy for him. Let's not forget that Vickerson played a large mentor role for both Terrance Knighton and Sylvester Williams in 2013.
But that doesn't mean we have to like seeing Big Vick in Chiefs red. Let's make 'em pay on the football field, shall we, Broncos?