Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson played in four games during the 2011 season before an ankle injury ended his campaign prematurely. He is expected to be back in the defensive tackle rotation in 2012, but he will be doing it under a restructured contract, according to Mac's Football Blog:
Originally scheduled to earn $2.1 million with a $400,000 roster bonus as part of his two-year, $5 million extension, Vickerson's roster bonus has been deleted and his base salary has been reduced to $1.2 million for the 2012 season. The adjustment reduces Vickerson's 2012 cap number by $1.3 million.
Vickerson joins a pool of defensive tackles that includes Ty Warren (recovering from his own injury that kept him out for all of 2011), Justin Bannan and Mitch Unrein. Ryan McBean had his restricted free agent tender rescinded the other day, making him a free agent. Last year's starters, Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley, are no longer with the team. Bunkley signed with the New Orleans Saints while Thomas is still on the free market. He reportedly has a one-year deal on the table with the Broncos, but it waiting until after the draft to sign with a team.
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