According to a report from Terez A. Paylor out of Kansas City, the Denver Broncos are expected to sign offensive tackle Donald Stephenson on Wednesday when the new league year begins…
It wasn’t the news we’d…expected?…but the Denver Broncos are apparently also adding to their team, rather than just subtracting.
Donald Stephenson is a big offensive tackle prospect that didn’t wind up sticking in Kansas City after being picked in the third round back in 2012. He’s only 27 years old, and has played in all but four games of his NFL career thus far including 21 starts, seven of which came in 2015.
Stephenson figures to be a swing tackle for the Broncos, but with the uncertainty at both positions right now, it stands to reason that he could see some meaningful snaps this year. In addition to playing both left and right tackle with the Chiefs, he also played some guard.
He won the starting left tackle in Kansas City over former #1 overall pick Eric Fisher before an ankle injury sidelined him and eventually gave way to Fisher to earn his job back.
Stephenson is big, and incredibly athletic (4.94 second 40-yard dash at 6-6, 312 pounds), and could be a dark horse to start for the Broncos at right tackle if they feel like Ty Sambrailo and Ryan Clady can hold down the left guard and left tackle spots.
At any rate, this is a good depth signing for the Broncos depending on the financials, which we’ll likely hear about on Wednesday.