Denver Broncos greatest needs have already been filled
3. Right Tackle
The Broncos’ plan of Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin as bookend tackles for at least a decade did not go according to plan.
Over the past eight years, Denver’s offensive line has had very little consistency and has really struggled quite a bit.
For the first time in a long time, it really feels like the Broncos have solidified their tackle positions for years to come.
Elway and company made signing Ja’Wuan James a high priority in free agency, giving him a contract worth $12.75 million per season, the most of any right tackle in league history.
James will now be paired with another former first-round pick in Garett Bolles at the tackle positions for the Broncos and both should have high expectations this season with Mike Munchak running the show on the offensive line.
The solution for a need is not always just to throw a bunch of money at it and see what happens (Donald Stephenson, Menelik Watson) but the Broncos paid a premium for a player who has been consistently good for five seasons in the NFL.
That’s worth the $51 million over four years.