Denver Broncos: Moves Elway can make with available cap space
Option One – Add a player now
The Broncos has a few options of available talent and potential needs. There are two areas of the team that could use competition, not just depth. The team has depth throughout the roster but needs competition for the starting spots at offensive tackle and cornerback.
With James opting out, the Broncos now plan to roll out Elijah Wilkerson as the team’s full-time right tackle. Wilkerson played extensively at right tackle in 2019 with mixed results. Now, one could argue about the lack of consistent preparation Wilkerson received in 2019 at right tackle due to the uncertain availability of Ronald Leary and James.
However, Wilkerson has shown a propensity of being beat by speed rushers off the edge, which brings concern considering the AFC West rolls out Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, Frank Clark, and Maxx Crosby among a slew of out-of-division foes.
The Broncos can grab an available tackle on the market, most notably Demar Dotson or Cordy Glenn. While Glenn offers versatility, he also comes with a recent and significant injury history.
Demar Dotson would bring a significant competitor in to challenge Wilkerson and add a veteran piece if either tackle falters.
Per Mike Klis of 9 News, Dotson is in town speaking with Elway about the role.
"“Broncos bringing in former TBay starting RT Demar Dotson for visit, sources tell 9News. Dotson must first go through COVID-19 testing, then physical. If all works out, Dotson would add OT depth to Bolles/Wilkinson after Ja’Wuan James opt-out. Elway knows how to audible.” Mike Klis – Channel 9 Denver"
This would be a move that should cost between $4-6 million a year, using Jason Peters’ one-year/$6 million dollar deal earlier this offseason.
Additionally, the Broncos could and should explore the addition of Logan Ryan.
Ryan, a key contributor to a stout Tennessee Titans defense in 2019 would provide the team with a versatile veteran in a cornerback room in need of more proven talent.
Earlier in this offseason, Ryan would have cost the Broncos upwards of $10 million a year, near Bradley Roby’s contract. At this point, an offer of a one-year deal worth $4 million with incentives could most likely get a look.