The Broncos and Ravens agreed to a trade involving center Gino Gradkowski on Wednesday, but Gradkowski needed to pass his physical in Denver before the deal could become official.
Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth announced on Thursday afternoon that Gradkowski, who has had knee issues, passed that physical on Thursday. That means he’s now a member of the Broncos, who also acquired Baltimore’s fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft in exchange for a fourth-round selection.
The Broncos have been in the market for help at center since free agency opened. Will Montgomery, who closed last season by starting Denver’s final nine games, signed with the Bears on Thursday.
Gradkowski started for the Ravens in 2013, but his work failed to impress and the team acquired Jeremy Zuttah to man the position last season. Gradkowski barely played as a result, but it seems he showed Broncos coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, both of whom were in Baltimore last season, enough to bring him to Denver.