Denver Broncos’ guard Dalton Risner recently said that he expected to receive a contract extension from the team and seems shocked that he hasn’t. Recently, on KOA Colorado Sports’ Zoo, fourth year guard Dalton Risner was asked if the Broncos had offered him a contract extension yet.
He gave a long answer that can be seen here:
The last part of that quote made me chuckle where he said “…that’s something I would’ve expected to happen already and it hasn’t…”
I might be too hard on the player, but that reads horribly arrogant and lacks self-awareness. Risner was drafted with one of the Broncos‘ second round picks back in 2019 and enjoyed a very strong rookie season.
He showed a ton of promise and made many of us believe that he could be a long-term fixture for the team going forward. However, since that strong season, Risner has gone downhill quite a bit and is no longer someone who should have a future with the team outside of a backup role.
Risner struggles to sustain blocks, his feet are slow and clunky, and he gets beat quite a bit. Unfortunately, he’s been a contributing factor for the offensive line’s poor play that we’ve seen in spurts here and there.
Sure, he has his good games where nothing gets by him, but overall, his total body of work is nothing to speak highly of. Dalton Risner seems like a very likeable guy and there may not be a more wholesome individual on the team.
He’s a hometown kid and likely sees himself spending his entire career here. However, the NFL is a business, and the offensive line is one of the worst groups on the Broncos’ roster. George Paton has not invested a ton of resources into this unit and I would expect him to change that.