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Broncos sign Menelik Watson

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The Broncos opened free agency by signing guard Ronald Leary on Thursday and they continued focusing on their offensive line on Friday.

According to multiple reports, the Broncos are signing tackle Menelik Watson as a free agent. It’s a three-year deal for Watson, who spent the day visiting with the team in Denver.

Watson was a second-round pick of the Raiders in 2013, but they never saw quite enough of him on the field because of injuries. Watson missed all of 2015 and started just 17 games over his other three seasons, including five games during the 2016 season.

Right tackle was Watson’s most frequent position in Oakland, although the Broncos have an opening on the other side of the line after parting way with Russell Okung.

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21 Responses to “Broncos sign Menelik Watson”
  1. lionfish13dw says: Mar 10, 2017 4:38 PM

    While the article doesn’t say what the Broncos will pay for Watson, it is good to see them working on the Oline rather than trading for Romo. Hoping to see Romo go to Texans and Denver staying with Siemian and Lynch, giving them time to gather more experience. Actually thought Siemian did pretty well last year for a first year starter, basically, a rookie.

  2. FrankRizzo says: Mar 10, 2017 4:43 PM

    Good riddance! Can’t stay healthy, can’t pass block, good luck facing Mack twice a year

  3. araidersfan says: Mar 10, 2017 4:58 PM

    I’m very pleased to see a bad OT like Watson go to a division rival.

  4. silvernblackpride says: Mar 10, 2017 4:59 PM

    LOL

    Thanks….. he played one game in two years and he gets pushed around like a 4th grade school girl !!!

    RAIDER4LIFE

  5. war27 says: Mar 10, 2017 5:03 PM

    Is like having your birthday and christmas on back to back days if they sign him and move him to the left side.

    Reggie really, really reached. You can see the raw skill this guy has but you can’t be drafting tackles with very little football experience in the 2nd round. If this guy was drafted in the 4-7th round you could see him being a possibly project guy. 2nd round? He better lock down the rightside at lease for a few years.

  6. jacktatumsforearm says: Mar 10, 2017 5:06 PM

    Raw talent. Really raw. Injuries kept him off the field so much he never turned that into solid talent. If this is going to be Denvers start LT Simien/Lynch/Romo is going to be on IR very, very soon.

  7. silvernblackpride says: Mar 10, 2017 5:10 PM

    Mack is licking his chops right now HHHAAAAAAA

  8. Lancane says: Mar 10, 2017 5:14 PM

    So this is the brilliance that is John Elway? With the cap space to actually fix the line he has added backup offensive lineman back to back and Watson is not even close to the Top 100 as far as Free Agents, so we signed him instead of Fluker, Beachum or Pasztor? At least Leary has promise, Watson on the other hand is not even as good as the Right Tackle he had added last year, Donald Stephenson.

    So, his drafts are questionable since G.M. Brian Xanders has left and now he is becoming the dump-truck of NFL Free Agency, are the Broncos becoming the Browns?

  9. screwmemean says: Mar 10, 2017 7:25 PM

    So this is the brilliance that is John Elway?
    ___________________________________
    Let us know when REGGGGIIEEEE wins an AFC Crown, a playoff game, and goes to a SB.

    Reggie Mckenzie:
    Raider GM: 5 years
    Won/loss: 30-50.
    AFC West Titles: none
    Playoff appearances: 1
    Playoff record: 0-1 (lost WC game to Brock Osweiler)
    Super Bowl appearances: none
    Super Bowl wins: none

    Very strong baby, very strong!! Okie dokie, now let’s compare our good friend Reggie to another “bad guy” we know, John Elway!

    John Elway:
    Bronco GM: 6 years
    Won/loss: 67-29.
    AFC West Titles: 5
    Playoff appearances: 10
    Playoff record: 6-4
    Super Bowl appearances: 2
    Super Bowl wins: 1

    Check Mate!

  10. screwmemean says: Mar 10, 2017 7:41 PM

    Marky Mark countered Watson’s statement by saying: “we realize that Oakland is the armpit of America. We are doing everything possible to load up the moving vans tonight. Donations are being accepted at 800-Jst-Win$”

  11. screwmemean says: Mar 10, 2017 7:43 PM

    The REGGGIEEE v Elway GM comparison. So many thumbs down. Was I lying? Google it.

  12. Lancane says: Mar 10, 2017 7:51 PM

    Screwmemean, maybe you need to read between the lines better. Because the NFL is and remains the Not For Long League and Broncos fans should remember well what Shanahan did, the man who helped them win back-to-back Championships and who had a record as G.M. better then Elway and which still eventually made the fans cringe. Shanahan not only had a better draft average which is dismal at best but he built through Free Agency as well, after Elway departed the Broncos became the dump truck to Free Agents who were either broke down or useless and it became a string of usually sub-par .500 seasons thanks to the little talent we did have.

    Holding Elway accountable for his choices is only natural, especially given that the additions since Manning left are questionable. Not saying he is not intelligent – Denver has a knack for devising team favoring contracts under him and he has added some great Free Agents in the past. But his draft record is among the worst in the league (Fact), this is the second year in which he has tried to fix their greatest need with sub-par talent (Fact) and what I said still stands and should, because we saw much of this before with Mike Shanahan.

  13. raiderapologist says: Mar 10, 2017 7:53 PM

    screwmemean says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:43 PM

    The REGGGIEEE v Elway GM comparison. So many thumbs down. Was I lying? Google it.
    ——————–
    You get thumbed down because you’re a child, babygaga.

  14. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Mar 10, 2017 8:22 PM

    Mar 10, 2017 7:53 PM
    screwmemean says:
    Mar 10, 2017 7:43 PM

    The REGGGIEEE v Elway GM comparison. So many thumbs down. Was I lying? Google it.
    ——————–
    You get thumbed down because you’re a child, babygaga.

    —————————————————————–
    And Elway didnt inherit the dumpster fire that Reggie did.
    In his second year we had almost as much dead money as we had left to pay the players. So not a very good comparison.

  15. war27 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:47 PM

    RM fielded a team with less cap space than dead money.

    You do the math. They paid players no longer with the team more money than the active roster at a point in RM tenure.

    I’m not even saying RM is better, he just needs a fair shake.

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 10, 2017 8:48 PM

    I’m totally ok with this. The guy couldn’t get on the field. If he was worth keeping, he’d have been kept.

  17. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 10, 2017 11:56 PM

    And Elway didnt inherit the dumpster fire that Reggie did.
    In his second year we had almost as much dead money as we had left to pay the players. So not a very good comparison.
    ________________________________________
    Why you poo poor pitiful thing. Elway inherited a team that had Tebow, a cheater coach in McDanny and a losing record. He turned it around in one year. Reggie, not so much but we know, since Al died, he is your new Daddy Figure! Good luck with that!

  18. polegojim says: Mar 11, 2017 10:21 AM

    Seems a pretty underwhelming pick up.

  19. johnniemayes says: Mar 12, 2017 12:56 AM

    Mack blows. Del Rio shamelessly schemes the defense around him to get him sacks. Del Rio didn’t do that with Von Miller when he was in Denver and Miller still performed better than any of Mack’s years. Y’all will see in the coming years. Time always exposes the frauds.

  20. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 12, 2017 8:44 AM

    Watson is the worst starting tackle (when healthy) in the League. You know things are bad in Denver when they are dumpstah diving in Oaktown.

  21. araidersfan says: Mar 12, 2017 1:18 PM

    johnniemayes says:
    Mar 12, 2017 12:56 AM

    Mack blows. Del Rio shamelessly schemes the defense around him to get him sacks. Del Rio didn’t do that with Von Miller when he was in Denver and Miller still performed better than any of Mack’s years. Y’all will see in the coming years. Time always exposes the frauds.

    =====

    There are a few major differences between Khalil Mack and Von Miller:

    (1) Unlike Miller, Mack doesn’t need PEDs to play at a high level
    (2) Miller is a one-trick-pony pass rusher whereas Mack is equally dominant against the running game as he is on the pass rush.

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