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Broncos to sign Donald Stephenson

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 15:  Tackle Donald Stephenson #79 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines during the pre-season NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 34-19.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Donald Stephenson is staying in the AFC West, but heading to Denver.

Stephenson, an offensive tackle who has spent his entire four-year career in Kansas City, is planning to sign with the Broncos tomorrow. Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that the deal should get done tomorrow, the first official day of free agency.

The 27-year-old Stephenson played in all 16 games for the Chiefs last year and started seven. He’s likely to start for the Broncos next year.

Now Denver needs to figure out whether it has a quarterback for Stephenson to protect: Peyton Manning is retired, and Brock Osweiler officially becomes a free agent tomorrow.

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14 Responses to “Broncos to sign Donald Stephenson”
  1. ncdbfan says: Mar 8, 2016 9:54 PM

    Hey Chief’s Fans….is this a good pick up for us? Our O-line was terrible last year.

  2. jjackwagon says: Mar 8, 2016 9:55 PM

    Never could get out Andy Reid’s dog house for some reason. Good player.

  3. bowdowntopeyton says: Mar 8, 2016 10:01 PM

    And the vice tightens on Ryan Clady….

  4. jeffz303 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:03 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I love this signing by the Broncos. Because he’s terrible.

  5. chiroubles says: Mar 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    Drama Don is a good player… when he wants to be. He’ll bust a hump and play his ass off to win a starting job, but once he gets it he starts to slack off and lose focus. Talented, but has an inflated sense of his own ability. Getting away from his family and friends here in KC might be the best thing that could happen to him….

  6. raiderapologist says: Mar 8, 2016 10:12 PM

    Still no Clady rumors. He’s still eating 10M of their cap.

  7. slick50ks says: Mar 8, 2016 10:35 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, knowing our o-line isn’t that great to begin with, I’m fine with this. We can do better with what’s on the roster already.

    He just never really got it. When you get beat out by Jah Reid, you’re seriously lacking.

  8. jodave5 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:51 PM

    He was serviceable. Played both tackle spots and a little guard. As a Chiefs fan, his claim to fame is being drafted one spot in FRONT of Russell Wilson.

  9. firedup1 says: Mar 8, 2016 11:00 PM

    He has always been a head scratcher.

  10. chebornek says: Mar 9, 2016 12:33 AM

    During his rookie year Stephenson filled in admirably for Branden Albert, when the latter was injured. But that was the Brian Daboll vanilla offense.

    He’s never been able to stay in the starting rotation for very long for Reid’s much more in-depth offense.

    Good swing tackle, when he’s not juicing. I’m glad he’s going to Denver, where he won’t be able to stop Houston, Ford or Hali from putting whichever rookie Denver fields @ QB… And yeah, I’m counting Brock Icewater as a rookie.

    Congrats on your SB win Denver… you won’t sniff the playoffs for the next decade. Especially signing competitors 2nd stringers to be your starters.

    Good job, Mr Executive of the Year. lol

  11. Central Cali Chiefs says: Mar 9, 2016 12:34 AM

    Not hurt at all by this signing. Stephenson is a big strong man, who just couldn’t quite make an impact along our O-line. He was somewhat clumsy; (causing C.West to fumble at Minnesota, and falling down on a chip shot field goal against the Bears which was blocked).
    Jeff Allen’s departure will hurt more, if he goes.
    Please keep him!!!

  12. atodaso says: Mar 9, 2016 1:42 AM

    Decent run blocker but below average in pass protection. Probably best suited as the 6th lineman/swing tackle.

  13. kcflake says: Mar 9, 2016 5:50 AM

    Donald Stephenson is a TRAITOR.

  14. kcflake says: Mar 9, 2016 7:19 AM

    Donald is KC born and bred, but now he is just a dirt bronco. He showed flashes of being a good player, but always failed. Inconsistent. We tried to hand him the starting left tackle job last year and he peed his pants. I;m glad he is going to Denver where we can smoke him twice a year.

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