Graham Glasgow has a huge chance in front of him

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Denver Broncos’ starting center Lloyd Cushenberry is on injured reserve with an injury, making this a perfect chance for Graham Glasgow.  Glasgow was signed before the 2020 season to a massive deal paying him over $40 million over four years.

He was supposed to be a nice anchor at guard for the Broncos, but it became clear that he never really found much success at the guard spot.  During the Cowboys’ game in 2021, Glasgow went down with an injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

He then agreed to a restructured contract with the Broncos that is paying him a bit less for 2022.  The contract does not expire until after the 2023 season, so he is under contract next year.  What made things even worse for the veteran guard is that he was not able to crack the initial starting lineup.  Dalton Risner, Lloyd Cushenberry, and Quinn Meinerz made up the offensive interior.

However, many people said that Glasgow had experience playing center before, which is true.  He was with the Detroit Lions and played center during the 2018 season, and turns out, that was the best season of his career.  I had always been one to think that he was likely a better center than Lloyd Cushenberry, who has not proven to be a starting caliber lineman.

Now that Cush is out for at least four weeks, Graham Glasgow has a perfect chance in front of him to cement himself as a true core piece along the offensive line for the Broncos, which is going to get a makeover this next year.

If Glasgow can perform well, the team will have no problems bringing him back and continuing with him as the starting center.

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If the team were to cut him next year, they could save $11 million against their cap space, which is a big number.  However, the Broncos’ offensive line may sport several new starters, including at center, but if Glasgow can put a good stretch of play together, he’ll have solved one question for the team going into the offseason.