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

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Dennis Kelly, Denver Broncos
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Dennis Kelly

Kelly was a starter last year for the Titans after spending the first significant portion of his career as a journeyman and backup.

He has played pretty great for the Titans as a run blocker and pass protector, and PFF says he didn’t give up a sack all of 2020, with over 1,000 snaps played.

He was a spot-starter in 2019 and played well in that opportunity as well. He has been Jack Conklin’s injury replacement and then his full-time replacement, and he’s shown worthy of another starting gig elsewhere at right tackle.

Bobby Massie

Another former Chicago Bears tackle, Massie has been the right tackle with Charles Leno as the bookend on the left side.

Since he came into the league, Massie has proven to be no worse than league average at the right tackle position, which would probably be just fine with the Denver Broncos.

The big question mark here is once again health. Massie has played just one full 16-game season since 2015 and has missed 14 games over the last two years.

Demar Dotson

Although Dotson played well in spot duty for the Denver Broncos as a pass protector in 2020, you can’t help but wonder why the team will be lining up visits at the right tackle position if Dotson is such a no-brainer to bring back.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Broncos re-sign Dotson for depth, but it would be surprising to see them prioritize him over other options that are younger and offer a potential multi-year solution at the position.

Ultimately, of all of these free agent options, the Denver Broncos are in a pretty great position overall. There is no question that you don’t want to lose your projected starter to injury, but there’s also no question that there are likely upgrades in free agency available and when you’re in May and that’s the case, you’re pretty fortunate.