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Vance Walker has Chance at Redemption: Plus, he chose Mile High over Seahawks (+Denver Post)

Vance Walker brings value, versatility in attempt to rebound with Broncos

Defensive end was used sparingly with Kansas City Chiefs last season


Original story by +Troy Renck of +The Denver Post

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Vance Walker sits on the bench against the Denver Broncos at +Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sept. 14, 2014. (Doug Pensinger, +Getty Images)

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Vance Walker found obscurity in Kansas City.

It wasn't supposed to happen this way. The Chiefs chased Walker in free agency last March, turning him into their prized offseason acquisition, and almost immediately he became lost on their depth chart.

Walker played well. If he played. He started twice and logged more than 20 snaps in only three games. Seen as a catalyst to an evolving defensive line mix, he turned into a casualty, released after one year.

"I dealt with that when it happened. It's an unfortunate situation. I can complain about it, but I've let it go months ago," Walker said last week.

For the Broncos, Walker's inability to crack the Chiefs' rotation might be the best thing to happen for them. He remained a productive, if sparingly-used player, last season. The Chiefs guaranteed Walker $3.75 million on a three-year, $13.75-million contract. The Broncos  kept him from signing with the Seahawks when he agreed to a two-year, $4-million contract with a $1.5-million signing bonus.

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