Denver Broncos: 5 things to expect in the 2021 offseason

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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: Offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James #70 of the Denver Broncos on the sideline during a pre season game against the Los Angeles Rams of at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

5. Decision at right tackle

As of now, the signing of Ja’Wuan James has turned into a complete bust.

After playing just 63 snaps in 2019 in his first year with the Broncos, and then opting out of the 2020 season (can’t blame him there), the Broncos find themselves questioning the signing of James, as well as the future of the right tackle position.

If the league allows players to opt-out of the 2021 season, should we expect James to do so? You can’t really rule anything out at this point.

Whether or not James opts out again, the Broncos still face the question of James’ health. He suffered a bizarre leg injury in 2019 that forced him to miss 13 games.

Alas, signing James to a 4-year, $51 million deal has turned into one of the biggest mistakes in franchise history.

That being said, the Broncos had several players fill in at right tackle including Demar Dotson and Elijah Wilkinson. Neither are the future of the position for the team.

Several right tackles who are free agents right now or pending free agents are Rick Wagner,  Ty Nsecke, Matt Feiler, and Germain Ifedi.

I don’t think any of those names would necessarily transform that position for the Broncos. Their future right tackle could currently be waiting to be drafted.