ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **With the first roster deadline looming, the Broncos cleared one spot Monday morning by trading offensive tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans for a 2016 NFL Draft, pending a physical.
Clark had been working as a backup at left tackle in recent weeks after opening training camp on the first team at right tackle, the position at which he was the Broncos' starter for their first five games last season. He started twice more in the regular season and in the playoff loss to Indianapolis as an extra tight end, where he started six games in 2011.
His best season with the Broncos came in 2013, when he stepped into the starting lineup at left tackle after Ryan Clady succumbed to a Lisfranc injury in the dying moments of the Week 2 win at the New York Giants. Clark started the next 17 regular-season and postseason games protecting Peyton Manning's blind side, including Super Bowl XLVIII.
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Clark finished 2013 as the 14th-highest rated left tackle in ProFootballFocus.com's rankings, and was credited by the site with eight sacks allowed. His best work came in the Nov. 17, 2013 game against Kansas City, when he held the Chiefs' Justin Houston without a sack after he came into the game with 11 sacks in nine games.
The 29-year-old Clark was one of the longest-tenured Broncos, only trailing Clady, safety David Bruton Jr., punter Britton Colquitt, WR Demaryius Thomas and guard Ben Garland, who spent two years on the military reserve list. He joined the Broncos as a waiver claim from the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 5, 2010 and played eight games that season in a reserve role.
Following 11 other roster moves, the Broncos' roster now sits at 78 players in advance of the first cut to 75. They must make three more moves no later than 2 p.m. MDT on Tuesday.