Denver Broncos: Projecting market value of in-house free agents
Billy Turner, Tackle/Guard
Billy Turner is a really interesting case. He started 11 games for the Broncos after siging a one-year contract for $2 million to be their swing tackle/emergency guard.
He ended up playing both positions and did a fine job at both, earning himself what should be a decent pay-day.
Turner is just 27, has worked his way back from a disappointing start to his career in Miami, and plays multiple positions well.
The Broncos — and other teams — have to decide if he is going to be a fit for their unit going forward and whether or not he could potentially be a full-time starter for them, not just an emergency starter.
In my opinion, Turner is worthy of being considered as the full-time starting right tackle. He showed well at that position last year in limited reps and has better upside long-term than Jared Veldheer.
Mark Glowinski, a guard for the Indianapolis Colts, just got a three-year contract worth $5.4 million per season. That kind of deal seems on the high end of what Turner could wind up getting. Would some team be willing to pay him above average right tackle money ($6-7 million per year)?
I am not so sure about that.
I think Turner should look for a three-year deal so he can potentially cash in with a bigger contract at the age of 30.
Projected max value: $4.5-5.5 million/year, 2-3 year deal