As we approach the first wave of cuts in the NFL before Thursday night’s preseason finale, the Denver Broncos have reportedly traded veteran offensive tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans in exchange for a 2016 7th round draft pick.
The move gives the #Broncos some questionable veteran depth at the offensive tackle position. Ty Sambrailo is the only ‘true’ left tackle the team has, though Michael Schofield played some left tackle in college. Schofield is now the Broncos’ swing tackle for the time being with Ryan Harris slotted in as the starting right tackle.
This trade gives the Broncos some additional ammo in the 2016 NFL Draft, albeit a late-round pick. With no true veteran backup at the tackle position, it seems the Broncos have positioned themselves for one last look at Jake Long if they want him, as I was told at the outset of training camp that he was not yet ready to sign with a team health-wise.
If healthy, Long could be a great addition for the Broncos as an emergency left tackle but also as a possible solution at right tackle if Ryan Harris struggles.
The Broncos have made a variety of roster moves on Monday as they try and get the roster down. The following players have been let go from the team:
CB Tevrin Brandon
OG Andre Davis
TE/FB Joe Don Duncan
QB Zac Dysert
P Spencer Lanning
DB Ross Madison
TE Jake Murphy
RB Jeremy Stewart
LB Chase Vaughn
LB Reggie Walker
Rookie TE Jeff Heuerman was also placed on injured reserve. The 10 cuts, Heuerman to IR, and trade of Chris Clark means the Broncos have got the roster down to 77 players, but still need to get it down to 75 before Tuesday. That could mean there are more trades in the works.
This should be a very interesting day in Broncos Country.