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Donald Stephenson agrees to rework deal with Broncos

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The Broncos signed tackle Menelik Watson as a free agent on Friday and the addition of a player who has primarily played right tackle may have led some to wonder about Donald Stephenson’s future in Denver.

Watson and guard Ronald Leary have joined the team as they work to upgrade a line that wasn’t up to snuff last season. Stephenson started at right tackle in the first year of the three-year deal he signed with the Broncos last season and $4 million of his 2017 salary was set to become guaranteed against injury on Monday.

Mike Klis of KUSA reports that Stephenson has agreed to rework that payout. He’ll get $2 million on Monday and the other $2 million will be his if he makes the 53-man roster to start the 2017 season.

The Broncos could give Stephenson or Watson a look at left tackle as they have an opening there after parting ways with Russell Okung. Michael Schofield and Ty Sambrailo are also on the roster and the team could make further moves to add options at both tackle spots as the offseason plays out.

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10 Responses to “Donald Stephenson agrees to rework deal with Broncos”
  1. Bizzareslantpass says: Mar 12, 2017 11:44 AM

    Did you say “they are going to look at Stephenson at Left Tackle” with a straight face?

  2. idiedpretty says: Mar 12, 2017 11:44 AM

    Same as it Ever was.

  3. peytonmanningshghconnection says: Mar 12, 2017 12:02 PM

    Justin Houston is doing his happy dance right now.

  4. concord148 says: Mar 12, 2017 12:53 PM

    That’s the second dumbest move in history – the first is me getting married.

  5. darthvincent says: Mar 12, 2017 1:02 PM

    get cut now or be paid 2 mil to be cut later… tough choice

  6. bigfan62 says: Mar 12, 2017 1:15 PM

    This guy couldn’t block his way out of a paper bag last year at right tackle. Has he played left tackle before? Gotta believe it’s an insurance move in case other free agency/draft options don’t work.

  7. Lancane says: Mar 12, 2017 1:32 PM

    Elway other then Leary seems to be thrift shopping for some reason when they’re in supposedly good shape fiscally. They do know that they have to spend a certain percentage of the cap right? Or did that change between last year and this year?

    Not that the other additions are bad but far from great and to top it off, the glaring weakness is still glaring, hell…right now is flashing under a bright strobe light like a major distraction.

  8. willowy2k says: Mar 12, 2017 3:48 PM

    Need to go get clady back

  9. dmnirican says: Mar 12, 2017 8:14 PM

    First offseason move of Elway’s I question. This guy was arguably worse than Schofield was the year before. Really hoping it’s just an insurance/camp body type of move, ’cause if he makes the final roster, then one of two things happened:

    1- He had some sort of epiphany that transformed him from a turnstile into a serviceable OT


    2- The outside of Denver’s offensive line will be even worse somehow because he was among the “best” of what we had

  10. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 12, 2017 10:50 PM

    Trying to be optimistic here but this year’s OLine could be worse than 2016, much worse.

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