According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos expect to meet with defensive end Vance Walker sometime this week.
DE Vance Walker (@SwaggerVance99) to meet with Broncos this week. http://t.co/VF0SpwWJ0f by @MikeKlis pic.twitter.com/4f70sMMugi— Denver Post Broncos (@PostBroncos) March 12, 2015
After the Denver Broncos missed out on defensive end Kendall Langford who signed with the Indianapolis Colts, they have set their sights on veteran defensive end Vance Walker.
The 6'2 305lb defensive end has the prototypical size to be a 5-technique defensive end in 3-4 defense. The Broncos only have Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe currently at defensive end. They have expressed interest in re-signing lineman Mitch Unrein who would also serve as depth at defensive end.
Walker is a six-year veteran who was a former seventh-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons back in 2009. He played this past season for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in all 16 games this past season for the Chiefs and totaled 19 tackles and two sacks. In his career, he has totaled 138 total tackles, 10 sacks, 2 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.
Walker isn't the only defensive player visiting the Denver Broncos this week. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Denver Broncos plan on meeting with Safety Darian Stewart on Thursday.
With an opening for a starting safety job, the #Broncos have scheduled a visit Thursday with Darian Stewart, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 12, 2015
With Rahim Moore more than likely moving on in free agency, the Broncos are looking for a replacement for him at free safety. The only player they have currently at free safety is veteran/special teamer David Bruton.
Stewart(26) is a 5'11, 214lb safety who started 14 games this past season for the Baltimore Ravens. There he totaled 53 tackles, 3 pass deflections, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumbles. In his five-year career, he has totaled 200 tackles, 21 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles.
According to Pro Football Focus, Stewart has +7.0 overall rating. He also had a +3.5 in run defense, and a +2.8 is pass defense.
If he signs with the Broncos I believe he would be penciled in as the starter right now. Veteran David Bruton, and corners Omar Bolden and Kayvon Webster may also get looks at safety. I would also look for the Broncos to draft at least on safety in this Aprils NFL Draft.