Take a look through the career of new Broncos defensive lineman Vance Walker, from beginning on the Falcons to his years on the Raiders and Chiefs.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** The Broncos signed defensive lineman Vance Walker to a new two-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.
Walker has made a habit of disrupting offensive lines from the interior since coming into the league in 2009 on the Falcons. He spent his first four seasons in Atlanta, moving into the starting lineup in 2012 before signing with the Raiders as an unrestricted agent for one season. He started all 15 games he played in Oakland that season in 2013. The following offseason, he signed a three-year contract with the Chiefs. He combined for 19 total tackles with two sacks before the Chiefs released him on March 6.
Walker rated highly as the 16th-best 3-4 defensive end, according to Pro Football Focus. He was most effective in rushing defense, with a 6.8 rating (13th in 3-4 DEs) and had a hand in eight quarterback hurries. However, he became one of the more impactful players for Kansas City later in the year when he saw more snaps. From Week 11 through Week 17, Walker rated as the seventh-best 3-4 DE in run defense (5.2 rating) and ninth overall. Overall, Walker was the ninth-best 3-4 DE in run stop percentage at 10.5 percent.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound lineman has recorded 138 tackles and 10 sacks in his first six seasons in the NFL, and two passes batted down.