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Vickerson adds weight, sheds money in search of starting job

Kevin Vickerson AP

Despite all the excitement and anticipation in Denver given the arrival of Peyton Manning, the fact remains that:  (1) the schedule is front-loaded with potent offenses; and (2) the Broncos’ defense has been suspect at times.

This year, the Broncos are breaking in yet another defensive coordinator, loading up on cornerbacks, and hoping to find a pair of starting defensive tackles.  Gone is Brodrick Bunkley; unsigned is Marcus Thomas.

Kevin Vickerson hopes to fill the void.

After dropping to 275 pounds last year in the hopes of better fitting into the team’s return to a 4-3 front, Vickerson has added a whopping 49 pounds, straining the scale at 324.  As Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post explains it, Vickerson hasn’t simply followed the Joe McKnight McDonald’s diet.  Vickerson’s body fat has plunged from 37 percent to 24.

“Coming off an injury, you could get out of shape with a bad body,” Vickerson said, referring to an ankle injury that landed him on injured reserve after only five games.  “A lot of guys, especially D-tackles, would come back way over-heavy, sloppy, bad weight.  I’ve had that before, and I didn’t want that again.”

Vickerson has had to buy more food with less money.  He agreed to cut his pay from $2.5 million to $1.2 million in order to remain on the roster.

“You have to use your leverage when you have your leverage,” Vickerson said.  “I was coming off a year of IR.  I didn’t do nothing last year.  I want to earn my money, and if that means I have to earn it again and show, ‘Hey I am worth it,’ then I’ll get it next year or get a long-term deal sooner rather than later.  A job is a job.  I’d rather take a pay cut and have a job, than not take a pay cut and not have a job and have my wife and kids looking at me like, ‘What are we going to do?’  You have to be smart about the situation.”

And so Vickerson will vie with rookie Derek Wolfe and veterans Justin Bannan and Ty Warren (if Warren takes a pay cut of his own) and others for a shot to parlay a contract year into a contract large enough to complement his 324-pound frame.

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14 Responses to “Vickerson adds weight, sheds money in search of starting job”
  1. gixrider says: May 27, 2012 3:08 PM

    ” A job is a job. I’d rather take a pay cut and have a job, than not take a pay cut and not have a job and have my wife and kids looking at me like, ‘What are we going to do?’ You have to be smart about the situation.”

    Now that’s a man in an occupation filled with over-grown, spoiled boys.

  2. livxsiv says: May 27, 2012 3:11 PM

    Here’s to hoping he has a career year.

    It’s always nice to see good people succeed. So far, this guy has done and said all the right things.

    Best wishes, Kevin!

  3. hannahsdaddy says: May 27, 2012 3:24 PM

    Amazing comments! Refreshing to hear an NFLer being thankful and appreciative. I hope he excels against every opponent and earns a raise.

  4. bleedgreen says: May 27, 2012 3:26 PM

    So he put on 49lbs, but dropped his body fat % by 13%? Thats impressive really.

  5. thcnote says: May 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    I liked this dude before and now I like him even more. Good luck big boy I hope you have a monster year. Not afraid to earn his money, this country needs more people like Kevin and less people who want handouts.

  6. ivioonie says: May 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    No one finds this a bit troubling? A guy packs on 49 pounds and chops his body fat by a third, and no one is asking what he’s been taking?

    Look, he seems like a nice guy, but this kind of muscle gain just doesn’t happen without help.

  7. phreakin says: May 27, 2012 4:41 PM

    I’m gonna doubt he’s juiced. Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders and knows that if you put in the work, you’ll earn your reward

  8. stevenfbrackett says: May 27, 2012 4:48 PM

    I would be more troubled having a QB who no one knows will survive the first play much less the season. And I don’t think he will last the season even if he does somehow manage to avoid catastrophic injury.

  9. nlombardi117 says: May 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    gained weight and lost body fat…beast

  10. maximusprime107 says: May 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    Denver’s DT’s are so awful

  11. villa41 says: May 27, 2012 7:22 PM

    Doesn’t matter how much weight he put on and body fat he lost. Question is can he play football? The answer is no. He has poor technique and knows nothing about leverage. His new physique isn’t going to help with that.

  12. raiderapologist says: May 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    I can’t think of a team that has more to lose than Denver this year. Expectations are high.

  13. bullpuppy552 says: May 27, 2012 10:43 PM

    Yeah when he’s only making $1.2 million per season I am sure he can only eat hotdogs and macaroni and cheese tv dinners now.

  14. fourthandafoot says: May 28, 2012 3:39 AM

    Millionaires also eat hotdogs and macaroni. They just add Grey Poupon and goat cheese. Okay…maybe the hotdogs are tofu and the macaroni shells are shaped from petrified unicorn tears but it’s the same thing.

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