Broncos add talented draft disappointment Marvin Austin

AP

Marvin Austin, a talented defensive tackle whose career has been overshadowed by injuries and off-field issues, is heading to Denver.

The Broncos have announced that Austin signed today.

In college at North Carolina, Austin flashed great talent, and heading into his senior season in 2010 he was viewed as a future first-round pick. But at the start of his senior season he was suspended for the entire year as part of the scandal that embroiled the Tar Heels’ football team. There was also talk heading into the draft that NFL teams had concerns about Austin’s character beyond just his alleged violation of school and NCAA rules, and Austin ended up slipping to the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, where he was chosen by the Giants.

Austin missed his entire rookie year after tearing a pectoral muscle in the preseason, and he ended up playing in just eight games with the Giants. He has bounced around the league since then with the Dolphins and Cowboys, but he hasn’t made an impact anywhere.

Now Austin will get a shot at catching on with a new team. He’ll have to compete just to make the 53-man roster in Denver, but for the Broncos, it’s a low-risk signing with potentially significant rewards.

36 responses to “Broncos add talented draft disappointment Marvin Austin

  1. Good pickup. As a Pats fan, I wish we had rolled the dice on this guy. Probably a minimum contract and if he doesn’t make an impact, you just cut him– nothing but upside.

  2. Dude was a stud at Carolina. Prob the best dline in the country his junior year with the likes of himself, Robert Quinn, and Coples. Wish him the best of luck

  3. “potentially significant rewards”? There’s no reason to think that Marvin Austin has the potentially to be a very good NFL player. The last time he played well was in college in 2009. Plenty of players who had good seasons in college in 2009 are long since retired from football after not being able to make it in the NFL. The evidence of the Austin’s past three years is that he is no budding NFL star.

    In his three years in the NFL with three different teams, Austin has shown that he is at best a marginal NFL player.

  4. Broncos haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught cheating. Capgate might be the biggest, blatant cheating scandal in NFL history. Sorry, truth hurts.

  5. this guy is garbage….granted he came in with no training camp but the Cowboys were using street guys and he could barely crack the lineup.

  6. Any other team but the Donks signs this guy and it’s a “desperate move” or something even more negative – but since it’s Lord Peyton and Emperor Elway, it’s a “low risk/high potential reward” scenario. Sort of like Aqib Talib but on the line.

    As an oppressed and long-suffering Raider Fan, it’s the little things that keep us smiling.

  7. The important thing mentioned is that he’s been given a chance on 3 different teams.

    The Giants who drafted him and know D-line talent, the Dolphins who have a good D-line, and the Cowboys who were desperate for D-line help last year.

    He was eventually let go by all 3 teams.
    It’s still a good signing because of the low risk involved, but it’s a very, very low chance that the light finally comes on now when he’s this isn’t his second chance, or his third chance.
    It’s his fourth chance.

  8. This guy wasn’t even that good on a talented North Carolina defense (before they all got sidelined via NCAA). Never lived up to the hype. Didn’t even come close.

  9. always watch Giants/Jets game.. This austin, is huge as beast, but plays like a mouse.. non impact player in every games.. sad to see he won’t achieve any more better than he currently is, an okay player.

  10. Remember how every time in the Super Bowl when the Broncos had a glimmer of momentum, Peyton would throw an int? Yes, yes you do.

  11. All they have is the pork chop. Add him to the mix, create competition and lose to the Hawks 34-14 in the 2015 Super Bowl! Go Hawks!

  12. He couldn’t even latch on long last year for Dallas…with their wrecked defensive line! That tells you all you need to know, sadly.

  13. Sorry Reese still takes heat for this college star, and until he thought he could get away with looking like a NFL player, the giants had to cut him loose!
    Talent does not equal Desire!
    CT GIANT

  14. According to local media this guy is flashing at each and every practice. Maybe he’s seen the light. Jack Del Rio has a good rapport with the big fellas.

    So many negative comments have a good chance of being completely wrong. Low risk High reward …. advantage Broncos.

    time will tell…

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