Gino Gradkowski passes physical, making trade to Broncos official


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.

15 responses to “Gino Gradkowski passes physical, making trade to Broncos official

  1. Again, Ozzie is cold blooded. Have fun with that debacle Peyton. I think the fifth round pick was a bit much, 7th at best. But an extra fourth in good enough for me, plus the 1.5 million in cap space.

  2. Poor Bronco fans. Just pray he doesn’t wind up as your starter. Better off playing with 4 linemen than having Gino on the field…

  3. My caffeine-deprived brain kept reading that as GRONkowski, and it took a lot longer than I like to admit to figure out what the hell was going on. Peyton didn’t steal ANOTHER of Brady’s favorite toys, did he?

    I need coffee.

  4. Grimreaper12 – if you’re a fan of the Chargers, Chiefs, or especially the Raiders, you have absolutely no justification at all to say anything about the playoffs, or the best run team in the AFC West, the Broncos.

  5. The Wizard dos it again we only got a 6th rounder for Anquan Boldin and Ozzie gets a 4th for Gradkowski

  6. He needs to buy some of those fake dreadlock hair extensions so popular among the players today.

  7. First off I am glad the kid got a chance to keep playing. Second PEYTON is going to get absolutely slammed to the ground this year,many times. And, it’s coming right up the middle of their offensive d line.

  8. mongo3401 – I hope you’re a Raider fan, because get ready for another losing season.

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