Denver Broncos: 3 free agents team could still grab
Rick Wagner, OT
The Broncos will likely turn to Ja’Wuan James to start at right tackle this season, at least in the beginning. But there is no way the team can’t be skeptical about how he’ll perform. As a result, the team needs a solid backup and currently does not have much in that department following Elijah Wilkinson moving on to the Chicago Bears.
Rick Wagner would be a suitable pickup to serve in that role. Wagner has played in 118 career games while making 96 starts. He has experience under his belt and is a guy the Broncos can turn to if James gets hurt or underperforms.
Wagner is on the other side of 30 years old and was cut after just one season with the Green Bay Packers, so one has to wonder what he still has left as a player (especially since he’s been on the market this long), but offensive tackles with that kind of experience who are willing to settle into a backup role could be worth a roll of the dice.
If the Broncos don’t sign a guy like Wagner, they could opt to take a tackle in the draft or they could look into the possibility of Calvin Anderson being used in that role.
Signing a player like Wagner is not something the team must do, but it’s certainly an idea to consider.