The Denver Broncos will have some decisions to make during the offseason. One that they are not stressing about is Garett Bolles’ upcoming option decision.
Garett Bolles was the Denver Broncos’ first round draft selection during the 2017 NFL Draft. After Ryan Clady left, the Broncos really needed to focus on protecting the quarterback’s blind side. The hope was that Bolles would be the guy to do so.
After what seemed to be a solid first year, the left tackle has been plagued by penalties that have destroyed drives and stalled out ones that showed little promise in the first place. With all first round picks from the 2017 draft entering their fourth years in the league, it is that time again for fifth year options.
Denver did not do that last season because Paxton Lynch was well out of Denver by then. In fact, they did not exercise the fifth year option on Shane Ray the previous year. The last player the Broncos exercised the fifth year option on was Bradley Roby.
Will they do it with Garett Bolles? According to John Elway, who talked to Ryan O’Halloran, said that the team is going to wait to decide on the left tackle’s fifth year option.
I believe that is not a bad idea. The Denver Broncos need to assess the situation at hand. There is still free agency and the NFL Draft to see if there is a player out there who could end up being a better answer than Bolles.
Another thing to consider is how he performed in the final few games of the 2019 season. The tandem of Mike Munchak and Garett Bolles could end up being the pairing that the young lineman needed.
It normally takes a bit to get adjusted to a new position coach. But it should be something worth keeping an eye on if he truly can get better. I know Broncos Country will be skeptical until then. But a smart move. This allows the draft and free agency to come and go while still giving Denver a week after the draft to make the final decision.
This will be a big offseason move to watch. Will Garett Bolles be playing possibly his rookie contract out after the 2020 season or the 2021 season? Stay tuned.