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Donald Stephenson | Tackle | #71

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/30/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 312
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (74) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Broncos RT Donald Stephenson has agreed to a restructured contract.
It's Stephenson's second "restructure" of the offseason. This is likely a pay cut, one that saves Stephenson's place on the 53-man roster. Thu, Aug 24, 2017 01:20:00 PM

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The Broncos have agreed to a restructured contract with RT Donald Stephenson.

The restructure gives Stephenson $2 million guaranteed and sets him up for another $2 million if he makes the 53-man roster. There was some thought the Broncos could move on from Stephenson after adding Menelik Watson, but instead they're keeping him on a restructured deal. The Broncos still have a hole to fill at left tackle. Stephenson and Watson are better fits on the right side. Left tackle could be a position Denver addresses in the draft.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 11:09:00 AM

The Broncos can save $3 million against the salary cap by releasing RT Donald Stephenson.

Signed to a three-year, $14 million pact last offseason, Stephenson was a massive flop as Denver's starting right tackle. He was Pro Football Focus' second-worst offensive tackle out of 76 qualifiers, finishing only ahead of the Vikings' T.J. Clemmings. The Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe considers it an "easy decision" for the Broncos to cut Stephenson.
Mon, Feb 6, 2017 12:36:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said RT Donald Stephenson "needs to play better."

Stephenson got his soul owned by Cameron Jordan in New Orleans, getting benched in the second half for Ty Sambrailo. It's possible Sambrailo gets the start coming off Denver's Week 11 bye, but Kubiak's comments are an indication Stephenson could get a second chance. Stephenson has struggled all year.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 03:28:00 PM

7 News Denver's Troy Renck reports the Broncos are "hopeful" RT Donald Stephenson (calf) will return this week.

It would be surprising if Stephenson did not return after he got in a full practice Monday. After allowing Vic Beasley to almost match his career sack total last Sunday, the Broncos need Stephenson back in the starting lineup.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 09:13:00 AM

Broncos RT Donald Stephenson is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a calf injury.

He got hurt early in Sunday's win over Indianapolis. Darien Weems took his spot at right tackle and should start there during Stephenson's absence.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 01:58:00 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with OT Donald Stephenson, formerly of the Chiefs, on a three-year, $14 million contract.

27-year-old Stephenson has starting experience at both offensive tackle positions. The Broncos particularly need help on the right side. Stephenson figures to battle for that job in training camp, attempting to upgrade on Michael Schofield. Ideally a "swing" tackle, Stephenson graded out 54th among 76 qualifiers in PFF's 2015 tackle grades. He struggled most in pass protection.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 08:55:00 PM

Donald Stephenson got first-team reps at left tackle during OTAs last week.

Eric Fisher played with the second unit. Head coach Andy Reid said "I wouldn't read anything into that," explaining that it was just an experiment. Fisher was among the worst tackles in football last season and has been a bust since getting drafted first overall in 2013. Stephenson started four games at left tackle in 2013 but only played 31 snaps last season.
Sun, May 31, 2015 12:55:00 PM

Chiefs activated RT Donald Stephenson from the reserve/suspended list.

Stephenson should immediately reassume starting duties from Ryan Harris, who has been ineffective in his absence.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 06:18:00 PM

NFL suspended Chiefs RT Donald Stephenson four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Stephenson was a below-average starter to begin with, but it's still a big hit to an already shaky Kansas City line. LT Eric Fisher has been pulverized in preseason games after a rough rookie year, while the Chiefs' interior line isn't much better. In Zach Fulton, Kansas City has a sixth-round rookie penned in at right guard. Line-play differential is one reason to support LeSean McCoy over Jamaal Charles as the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 02:37:00 PM

Chiefs G/T Donald Stephenson is expected to miss a week after undergoing finger surgery.

Stephenson won't play in the first preseason game. He's competing to be the Chiefs' starting left guard.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 12:37:00 PM

The Kansas City Star confirms Donald Stephenson has been running as the first-team left guard during OTAs.

Stephenson started seven games at right tackle last season, but is currently blocked by Eric Fisher and Branden Albert. The Chiefs view Stephenson as a potential upgrade over incumbent starter Jeff Allen in their zone blocking scheme. Jon Asamoah is locked into the starting right guard job.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 07:55:00 PM

Chiefs OT Donald Stephenson is "spending a lot of time at guard" in OTAs.

He's also running with the second team at left tackle. A 2012 third-rounder, Stephenson's path at tackle is currently blocked by Eric Fisher and Branden Albert. Stephenson played 377 snaps as a rookie, but got whipped in pass protection. Stephenson will be in the mix for swing-tackle duties. His 6-foot-6, 312-pound frame would be big for a guard.
Tue, May 21, 2013 04:14:00 PM

Chiefs signed third-round OT Donald Stephenson to a four-year contract.

Stephenson worked at left tackle during rookie camp, and the Chiefs are projecting him as a swing tackle in his first season. Stephenson possesses left tackle length at 6-foot-6, 314 with 35 1/4-inch arms, and showed terrific athleticism with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 4.98 forty at the Combine. Stephenson is a bit of a project, but he has the skill level of a future starter.
Thu, May 17, 2012 10:38:00 AM

Third-round pick Donald Stephenson is practicing at left tackle during Chiefs rookie minicamp.

Keep in mind this is a rookie camp, involving no veterans aside from tryout players. Branden Albert will be the Chiefs' left tackle this season, but Stephenson represents long-term insurance for the contract-year starter. Kansas City is hoping Stephenson will emerge as a capable swing tackle in year one.
Fri, May 11, 2012 07:57:00 PM

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