Denver Broncos should put in claim on Rakeem Nuñez-Roches

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 28: Defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches #99 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a tackle in the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 28, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 28: Defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches #99 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a tackle in the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 28, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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The Denver Broncos have the fifth spot in the waiver priority order, and the Kansas City Chiefs just released a really good DL in Rakeem Nuñez-Roches…

The Denver Broncos are in the enviable position of having a high waiver priority, and the Kansas City Chiefs just made defensive lineman Rakeem Nuñez-Roches available.

Roster building is one of my favorite aspects of football, if not my absolute favorite. It’s why I’ve grown to love the offseason almost more than the actual season itself.

The Broncos are not hurting for defensive line help, but Nuñez-Roches is a player that could come in and be part of this team for a long while, and right now he doesn’t cost hardly anything.

The Chiefs signed him to an original round tender totaling roughly $1.9 million. The Broncos could easily fit that under their current cap situation and move some other players around if the need should arise.

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They are deep on the defensive line, but Nuñez-Roches has been ascending over the past few seasons and is just 24 years old at this point.

The Broncos have had some troubles with this guy on the interior, and he’s made an impact in games against Denver for sure.

Last year he started more games than not for the Chiefs and posted a career-high 24 tackles.

The biggest obstacle between the Broncos and getting Nuñez-Roches could be John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns.

Dorsey obviously was with the Chiefs in 2015 when they drafted him out of Southern Mississippi, and they watched him blossom into a valuable rotational player and into a starter last season.

The Broncos have one of the best defensive line coaches in the NFL in Bill Kollar, and they also have a really strong room right now. Nuñez-Roches would add to that and give the Broncos more quickness off the ball and strength against the run on the interior.

Since they have the fifth overall spot in the waiver order, there’s no downside to putting in a claim on a talented player like this. His salary for this season is guaranteed, so if the Broncos pick him up, he would be an investment, but he’s an ascending player and worth the risk.