Josh Sitton could be a good pickup for the Denver Broncos

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Josh Sitton
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Josh Sitton /

The Denver Broncos have a need at the left guard position, and Josh Sitton has once again become available. He seems like a solid choice…

As we get closer to the start of NFL free agency, more and more names will become available as teams make roster cuts and opt out of contracts. As such, the list of players that could interest the Denver Broncos will continue to grow larger and larger, and one player that could be a great pickup this offseason is Chicago Bears guard Josh Sitton.

Sitton started 11 games for the Bears at left guard last season, and another pair of games at right guard.

He was released by the Green Bay Packers two years ago, and the Bears signed him to a three-year, $21 million contract and they had a third-year option that would cost them under $700,000 in dead money if they declined it.

That’s exactly what they did.

Sitton graded out as the sixth best guard in football last season according to Pro Football Focus metrics, and allowed just two sacks and one quarterback hit in 13 games.

Heading into his age 32 season, the price would have to be right for Sitton and the Broncos, so if he is going to be trying to maximize his value once again this offseason, it’s possible Denver won’t be the right fit.

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But if the Broncos could sign Sitton and also get Kirk Cousins, this offense would suddenly be looking pretty strong.

Sitton is obviously still playing at a very high level, and many offensive linemen play well into their mid-30s.

If the Broncos could get Sitton on a two-year deal, that would seem fair for both sides and Denver could have a formidable trio on the interior of their offensive line with Sitton, Matt Paradis, and Ron Leary without breaking the bank in free agency or investing that fifth overall pick in Quenton Nelson.

That said, the idea of adding Nelson at number five overall could prompt the Broncos to put financial assets elsewhere in free agency aside from adding a quarterback like Cousins. Denver may be content to take Nelson or Will Hernandez or another interior player in the NFL Draft, and spend their money on another starter or two in free agency.

But if the price is right, Sitton is still a very good player and could help the Broncos at a spot that needs to be addressed.