Denver Broncos: Morgan Moses still a potential target?
Morgan Moses was recently released by Washington and would provide an instant jolt of quality play at the right tackle position for the Denver Broncos.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this off-season, it should be easy to see that General Manager George Paton is going all-in on this team and coaching staff.
The Denver Broncos have very few holes, and with reported interest in Aaron Rodgers, it makes sense that Paton will not leave any stone unturned.
With Ja’Wuan James’ recent injury, the Broncos’ right tackle situation was put in even more unknown. Paton responded by signing both Bobby Massie and Cam Fleming to compete for the right tackle position. We also cannot forget about Calvin Anderson as well.
However, a starting caliber right tackle was recently released and, in my opinion, is a clear upgrade to any right tackle the Denver Broncos have on the roster.
Morgan Moses would be a phenomenal addition to the team, and would further bolster the offensive line and help out with depth.
As I’ve mentioned in previous pieces, the Broncos are sitting very comfortably with over $25 million in cap space, and George Paton has proven himself to not be afraid to spend money and make key additions.
From Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller to Cam Fleming and Bobby Massie, Paton has been able to fill out the Broncos’ weaknesses with quality players.
Morgan Moses is no different, and I do think he would win the starting job if he was signed.
Moses, still just 30, had been a mainstay on the Washington offensive line since coming into the league in 2014. Starting in 2015 until 2020, Moses hasn’t missed a game and has appeared in well over 90% of the team’s snaps.
With over 100 games under his belt, Moses has been reliable at the very least.
Looking further into his stats with Washington, he’s never been called for more than six holding penalties in a season and only had two in 2020. Standing at 6’6”, 335 pounds, Moses is a mountain of a man as well.
I understand that the Broncos quickly addressed the right tackle fiasco, with three viable options competing for the starting gig, but here’s the thing: Quality offensive linemen are seemingly always a limited supply in the league, and the Broncos have a chance to solidify both tackle positions for the first time in years.
If the Denver Broncos miss out on Aaron Rodgers or even Deshaun Watson, one of the best things the team can do for either Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater is surrounding them with quality protection.
We’ve gone over how talented the offensive skill players are countless times, and right tackle, through all of the quality drafting and team building has still remained unknown.
Do I think this is likely? No, unfortunately. I do think the Broncos are content with Massie, Fleming, and Anderson as a 3-man battle for the starting RT job, but Morgan Moses provides better play than all three and has stayed on the field more.
Now, just because a team has a lot of cap space, doesn’t mean they have to spend it. We’ve seen a team like the Colts carry over a large amount of cap space and still remain competitive.
In George Paton’s tenure with the Vikings, they showed how liberal they could be with spending, giving Kirk Cousins about $1.5 trillion in total guarantees when he signed back in 2018.
We were accustomed to the way former General Manager John Elway operated during his 10 years at the helm, but even though Paton has made quite a few moves, we still don’t know his full repertoire.
In short, I think the Denver Broncos signing Morgan Moses makes them a more competitive team and allows them more protection against the quality pass rushers in the AFC West.
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