It's official: The Broncos have released running back Selvin Young.
It's undeniable there is little depth behind Steve Slaton on the depth chart and Young would certainly fit the bill as a power back behind him. The third year runningback is 5'11'' and 215 Ib, great size for the type of back we're looking for. He's proven in the zone blocking scheme the Texans run and would immediately be the #2 rusher behind Slaton (forget it Chris Brown, you're not staying healthy) if signed.
That whole Denver-Houston pipeline? Expect it to be reborn with Young's release. He's already showing interest in coming back to his hometown.
CBS4 Broncos Insider Reggie Rivers communicated with Young on Thursday after news of his release. He told Reggie that going to the Texans..."would be a dream come true. But I have to get healthy first."
A few quick notes on Young:
In his first season with Denver as an undrafted free agent, he rushed for 729 yards on 5.2 YPC. He was rarely healthy last season and had only 61 carries for 303 yards (a 5.0 YPC average).
Sure, we'd be taking another risk on an injury prone running back, but Young is worth it.
The only question is, how soon are we going to sign him?