Ronald Leary is joining the Denver Broncos under the terms of a four-year contract worth $35 million, including $20 million guaranteed.
Leary was a stalwart in the Dallas offensive line, giving up playing time to young La’el Collins only because of Collins’ promise, not because Leary was ever anything but solid.
In 2012, the Cowboys signed Leary as an undrafted free agent, with the unusual addition of $200,000 guaranteed. That was needed to lure him here, because teams knew of his talents despite a knee condition many feared was chronic.
It’s never been a problem … and Leary fitting in with All-Pro teammates like Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin was never a problem, either. His run blocking helped pave the way for DeMarco Murray’s franchise-record 1,845 rushing yards in 2014 and helped Ezekiel Elliott to an MVP-level year in 2016 as the rookie won the NFL rushing crown with 1,631 yards.
Leary will fortify the Denver offensive line … and maybe the Broncos’ acquisition of Romo will follow, sources in Denver having told me they will “go hard’’ after the Dallas QB once he’s released today.
Leary has no reason to concern himself about that ... though the Cowboys, Texans and Broncos all have their Romo-related thoughts at this moment. Stay tuned.