Broncos place Menelik Watson on IR, sign Cyrus Kouandjio

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The Broncos signed Menelik Watson to a two-year contract as a free agent this offseason, but he won’t be helping them in the second half of his first season in Denver.

Mike Klis of KUSA was the first to report that the Broncos are placing Watson on injured reserve Wednesday and the team announced it a short time later. A calf injury is to blame for the end of Watson’s season.

Klis also reports that the Broncos will sign Cyrus Kouandjio to replace Watson on the roster. The 2014 Bills second-round pick spent time with the Lions this summer, but was cut before the start of the regular season. He joins Donald Stephenson as tackle options with Watson out of action.

While quarterback has been the focal point in most discussions about the struggling Broncos offense, the line has been a major problem as well. Watson’s play contributed to that and the Broncos will need better work from his replacement if things are going to get better over their final eight games.

9 responses to “Broncos place Menelik Watson on IR, sign Cyrus Kouandjio

  1. How the Broncos watched this guy for 4 years in Oakland…and thought he could play well OR stay healthy…is beyond me. Seriously, who is doing the pro scouting for them? That’s horrible front office work. The guy is exactly what he was in Oakland.

  2. Wow! As a Raiders fan, I am shocked! ….NOT!

    How could Elway have watched this guy for the past four years NEVER complete a season and expect that would be different in Broncoland?

  3. Kouandijo played ok at times last year but had some off field issues this past off season. I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were a Bronco fan, though…

  4. They were always right at the cap level when they were winning games. They are now like 10-15 million under the cap. Every decision they make seems to be about them saving a nickel. They signed him because he was a cheap solution and it backfired.

  5. I am not sure why we got rid of our former GM, Peyton Manning, who brought in all of our good players.

  6. This Bronco fan hates to admit it, but none of this matters very much. When a team gets a lot of penalties and the special teams are inept. that means the coach hasn’t got the players heads into the game.

    When you have no outlets such as a decent third receiver, or a tight end, or receiving backs or slot receivers for sub-standard quarterbacks to throw to it means the personnel manager (I’m talking to you Mr. Elway) has missed too many opportunities.

    So aside from the O-line, the coaching and the front office we have plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

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