This offseason, the leagues top defense lost two key pieces when Malik Jackson and Danny Travethan left in free agency. Jackson was the most major loss of the two. The defensive end was a force as a pass rusher. To replace him they promoted Vance Walker to starting defensive end, hoping he would play well enough to keep the team from losing too much with Jackson now in Jacksonville with the Jaguars.
Those plans took a major hit today with the news that Vance Walker is lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Some of you may remember Walker from his time in Oakland. After four seasons, mostly as a reserve, in Atlanta, Walker signed a one year deal with the Raiders to prove he was starting caliber. He was an everyday starter for the rebuilding Raiders in 2013 and has since done an AFC West tour; playing for the Chiefs in 2014 before moving on to the Broncos, earning a Super Bowl ring last season.
Walker appeared in 15 games last season for the Broncos, starting four, with no starts in three playoff games. He compiled 2.0 sacks and 32 combined tackles (21 solo).
With Jackson gone and now Walker out, the Broncos will try to find a placeholder between Jared Crick, Billy Winn and second round rookie Adam Gotsis.