Broncos reach deal with center Will Montgomery

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The Broncos, who were hit with multiple injuries at center in the lead-up to the 2013 season, have added to their options at the position.

Center Will Montgomery, a 16-game starter for Washington in 2013, has reached a one-year deal with the Broncos, the club said Tuesday evening.

The 31-year-old Montgomery has appeared in 90 NFL games, making 63 starts. He has had stints with the Panthers (2006), Jets (2007-2008) and Redskins (2008-2013).

If Montgomery is to start at center, it will necessitate a move of incumbent Manny Ramirez to another position. The Broncos have a vacancy at left guard after Zane Beadles departed in free agency for Jacksonville. Ramirez was the Broncos’ starting right guard for for much of the 2012 season, but the Broncos now have Louis Vasquez in that spot.

11 responses to “Broncos reach deal with center Will Montgomery

  1. He’s pretty underrated, but I look for Broncos to add a few offensive lineman late in the draft.

  2. Real players understand they will never win being a member of this franchise and there draft bust of a qb. The rams got the best of this deal. Tom Brady greater then RG failure

  3. Good move. I was getting a little worried that the Broncos might be relying on the draft to shore up that o-line.

    Orlando Franklin was badly exposed during the second part of last season, and especially in the SB. He routinely had a hard time stopping power rushers off the right edge, a problem that disrupted our timing on countless plays.

    Get Chris Clark back on that right side. With Clady back, we should be able to give PFM the time he needs to do what he does.

  4. Franklin is considerably better than Clark, and the PFF grades confirm that. He was a beast all year until the Super Bowl. Then he and everyone else looked terrible, including Chris Clark.

  5. Vasquez was their best lineman after Clady went down. But I agree, Franklin on paper this year should be their 3rd best lineman behind Clady, Vasquez…This line will be scary this year, and should be better then what they opened the season with last year, which was awesome. Franklin was solid all year at tackle and he has alot of upside, I look for him to (eventually) be their best lineman.

    Another thing…I don’t think this move changes the starting lineup though. It may offer depth, nothing more. In preseason Broncos will experiment moving Franklin or Clark to guard, one will stay at a tackle, Ramirez stays at Center. They will shuffle Montgomery, Justice in the mix if for some reason Clark or Franklin isn’t strong in that area..But I think the line will consist of Clady, Franklin, Ramirez, Vasquez, and Clark…with only Clady and Vasquez solidifying their respectfull positions

    This system is about communication at the line of scrimmage. Because of that I don’t see Elway or Fox messing with the chemistry once it develops. Especially at Center, where Ramirez already has developed a repoire like Manning had with Saturday.

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