Posted Sat Jul 30th by Jon Heath
The Denver Broncos have refused to sign an overpaid, aging, past-his-prime defensive tackle in free agency this offseason, and passed up on Seattle’s young Brandon Mebane (who was relatively cheap). As a result, the team has a gaping hole on the depth chart smack in the middle of Denver’s 4-3 defense.
The Houston Texans have just given Denver a chance to fill that hole, at a reasonable price. Texans reporter John McClain tweeted at 2pm (MT) that Houston had released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, due to cap reasons. A 2007 first round draft pick, Okoye’s agent was not able to find a team willing to trade for him, forcing Houston to place him on waivers.
Okoye is a four year starter and just twenty-four years old. Measuring up and weighing in at 6-2, 315 pounds, Okoye is projected as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. A former Louisville Cardinal, Okoye played alongside Broncos current defensive end Elvis Dumervil during his collegiate career.
From 2009-2010, Okoye started in 32 games and totaled 82 tackles and 4.5 sacks. His rookie season, 2007, the defensive lineman recorded 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles — both career highs.
Akoye would be a solid addition to Denver’s defense line. My fingers are crossed.
Update (3:30 MT): The Broncos have made contact with representatives for free agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.