The legal tampering period taketh away, but it also giveth. Denver Broncos GM John Elway is looking to get a jump on the open market, by agreeing to terms with offensive tackle Donald Stephenson, formerly of division rival Kansas City Chiefs.
Stephenson is entering his fifth season and started seven games for the Chiefs in 2015. If Broncos fans are hoping for a significant upgrade at tackle in this move, keep on hoping. He's an average starter.
The Broncos won a Super Bowl with less-than-stellar offensive line play. Michael Schofield was often a sieve during the regular season and Ryan Harris was inconsistent. If Ty Sambrailo can return full form, following his shoulder injury, and if Ryan Clady restructures his contract to stay in Denver, the Broncos will be okay at tackle.
With Ryan Harris set to be an unrestricted free agent, I'm scratching my head, wondering how Stephenson factors in as a better option. Stephenson is only 27, so there's that.
Harris was signed to be a right tackle. After two major injuries, he ended up being Denver's left tackle and at least held down the fort.
As a swing tackle, I'd have confidence in Harris. Or even as a right tackle. Donald Stephenson lost his starting gig to Eric Fisher and Jah Reid and yet, Elway's planning on making him a day-one signee.
This is one of those situations where you have to trust Elway's track record. As for the terms of the deal, no details are known at this time.
The deal is done.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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