ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - Maybe Brodrick Bunkley’s stay in Denver will last longer than his trip to Cleveland.
The Broncos sent an undisclosed 2013 draft pick to Philadelphia on Monday for the defensive tackle whose trade to Cleveland for a 2012 fifth-round pick over the weekend was scuttled.
Bunkley reported to Cleveland but did not meet all the conditions of the trade and was reverted to the Eagles, who managed to find a new suitor in Denver.
All trades are contingent on players passing physicals. Bunkley had an elbow injury last season.
“I think that he enjoyed it a lot here and I think part of the reason was this all shocked him,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “He was a first-round pick. I think he thought he’d be here for his whole career. I think he liked the kind of the energy that’s going on here and he wanted to be a part of it.”
Bunkley was picked 14th overall in the first round of the 2006 draft out of Florida State. He was a three-year starter before sharing time last year in Philadelphia, where he had six sacks and 144 tackles in his five seasons.
Bunkley isn’t the only former first-rounder the Broncos acquired Monday.
They also signed defensive end Derrick Harvey, a former Florida star whose production never matched his potential after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected the defensive MVP of the 2006 Bowl Championship Series title game with the eighth overall pick in 2009.
“We wanted to get younger and more athletic,” defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. “And I think the guys that we’re bringing in give us that opportunity.”
“Brodrick has been a strong, powerful guy inside, and Derrick has really been kind of the same way playing out at the end position,” Allen said. “So, I think just having some size and athleticism and some bulk to be able to play the run are two of their top qualities.”
Harvey tallied eight sacks in three seasons with the Jaguars, where he posted 88 career tackles and started 32 of 47 games, playing both right and left defensive end. He started 26 straight games for the Jaguars before his benching midway through last season.
He’ll be looking to jump-start his career as a backup in Denver, where the Broncos are returning to the 4-3 scheme with Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers as the starters and Von Miller, the second overall pick in the draft, rushing the passer from the outside linebacker spot.View Entire Story
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