Denver Broncos: Options to replace RT Ja’Wuan James

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Remaining Veteran Free Agents

Even though the majority of veteran free agents have been picked over, there are still some intriguing names out there who could potentially fill in for a year.

The big thing right now is, these players are going to have to go through extensive medical screening to sign off the street for NFL teams, so if the Broncos want to bring in a free agent offensive tackle, they need to get that process going swiftly.

Cordy Glenn

Glenn was a starter at left tackle for the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals when healthy. He’s primarily played on the left side in his career, but he’s also got some guard experience dating back to his college days at Georgia.

The big issue with Glenn has to be health because he’s a talented player and former high draft pick who is only 30.

Donald Penn

Penn has been mostly a left tackle his entire NFL career, which has been a long time.

He’s been in the NFL since 2006 and has started 189 total games in that time. He played last season for the Washington Football Team after spending the previous five seasons in Oakland with the Raiders.

He said earlier in the 2020 offseason that he’s pushing off retirement to play another year, hopefully.

Jared Veldheer

Veldheer was acquired by the Broncos in a 2018 trade and he was pretty good in the 12 games he played for Denver.

He decided to retire in 2019 but then changed his mind and wound up appearing in two games with the Green Bay Packers.

Veldheer talked at the time of his return to the NFL about the importance of getting his body right. He could certainly be a candidate to return to Denver and be a starter at the age of 33.

Demar Dotson

An 11-year veteran who played his entire career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dotson was not retained by Tampa Bay in 2020 and they replaced him in the NFL Draft with Tristan Wirfs.

At the age of 34 this season, that doesn’t bode super well for his 2020 prospects but he has started 106 games in the NFL. Something that might be a turn-off for Broncos fans? Dotson was called for 10 penalties in 2019.