Denver Broncos: Free agent offensive tackles to replace Ja’Wuan James

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Rick Wagner, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos 2021 offseason, Rick Wagner. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /

Rick Wagner

Veteran right tackle Rick Wagner has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions (with current starting right guard Graham Glasgow), and the Green Bay Packers most recently.

In Green Bay, he blocked for MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers who has recently become a topic of great interest in the Denver Broncos’ context.

How fascinating would it be if the Denver Broncos were able to sign Wagner as a precursor to trading for Rodgers?

Pro Football Focus gave Wagner, who is still just 31, very solid grades in the 2020 season for his play at the right tackle spot. This move would be a no-brainer in terms of getting a guy who could potentially be a liaison to Rodgers.

The Denver Broncos are not allowed to communicate directly with Rodgers, that would be tampering. Wagner, however, is allowed to do whatever he wants. He could provide Denver a direct line of communication to the guy he protected in 2020.

It would be shocking if Wagner was not one of the top guys being considered by the Broncos at this point, not just for the fact that he is connected to Rodgers, but because of his strong play throughout his career.