Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Broncos signed DE Kasim Edebali, formerly of the Saints, to a one-year contract.

Edebali recorded five sacks in a limited role in 2015, but he took a step back last year. He will likely serve as a situational rusher.
Mar 13 - 6:52 PM

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.
Mar 12 - 11:09 AM

Broncos signed DT Zach Kerr to a two-year contract.

Kerr wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent with the Colts. He'll compete for a sub-package role after playing 317 snaps last year. The Broncos also added DT Domata Peko to their defensive line mix.
Mar 11 - 4:35 PM

Broncos signed NT Domata Peko, formerly of the Bengals, to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The Broncos also inked ex-Colts DT Zach Kerr to a two-year contract. A Bengal his entire 11-year career, Peko's snaps have gradually declined, along with his effectiveness. Peko is a gigantic body in the middle, but he's a replacement-level talent at this point. He will be a rotational run stuffer in Denver.
Mar 11 - 4:25 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said he's "not sure" if Menelik Watson will play left tackle.

Watson played mostly right tackle in Oakland, but is currently Denver's top candidate to replace Russell Okung. That could change if the Broncos upgrade in the draft. Watson's signing could ultimately force RT Donald Stephenson into a backup role.
Mar 10 - 5:39 PM

Broncos signed OT Menelik Watson, formerly of the Raiders, to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

He also has a $6.125M option for 2019. The Broncos needed a tackle after letting Russell Okung escape to Los Angeles. Watson logged 255 snaps for Oakland last year, mostly playing at right tackle. The Broncos have now made two big moves to beef up their line by adding Watson and former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary. Watson has had a hard time staying healthy, appearing in just 37 games since entering the league in 2013. A weak tackle market dictated that Watson would get overpaid.
Mar 10 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Jets hope to trade for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian.

It will likely depend on whether the Broncos can land Tony Romo. Per Mort, free agent Jay Cutler is the Jets' backup plan if they can't get Siemian.
Mar 9 - 2:12 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with LG Ronald Leary, formerly of the Cowboys, on a four-year, $36 million contract.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money and makes Leary the fourth-highest paid guard in the league, although Kevin Zeitler and perhaps T.J. Lang and Larry Warford will jump him in the coming hours. Leary is coming off a quality season in Dallas, but the Cowboys were never going to pay him at the top of the guard market with La'el Collins set to return from injury. Leary should be an immediate upgrade on 2016 LG Max Garcia, who the Broncos will likely try to move to the right side. Despite adding Leary, Denver has more work to do along the offensive line, specifically at tackle.
Mar 9 - 12:32 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero "wouldn't be surprised" if the Jets called the Broncos about Trevor Siemian, should Tony Romo land in Denver.

Romo would make Siemian expendable, and likely available for a third- through fifth-round pick. There were rumors the 49ers and Bills might have Siemian interest, but San Francisco signed Brian Hoyer, and Buffalo restructured Tyrod Taylor's deal. The Jets whiffed on Hoyer and appear to have lost out on free agent Mike Glennon to Chicago. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg round out the current quarterback depth chart in New York.
Mar 8 - 8:54 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos have expressed interested in free agent OT Menelik Watson.

According to Klis, the Raiders are trying to keep Watson from hitting the open market before Thursday. Watson was the No. 42 overall pick in 2013, but he's missed 37-of-64 games due to injury. He tore his Achilles' and missed all of 2015 before missing time with calf and groin issues last season. Whoever signs Watson won't be able to count on him for all 16 games.
Mar 8 - 1:14 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports the Vikings have reached out to free agent DT Domata Peko.

According to Tomasson, the Bengals, Eagles, and 49ers are also in the mix. Peko played for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati and is a logical fit as a depth piece in Minnesota, though his game has fallen off in recent years. Peko turns 33 this year and won't cost much on a short-term deal.
Mar 8 - 12:28 PM

Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent C Matt Paradis.

The Broncos also tendered LB Zaire Anderson, LB Shaq Barrett, C James Ferentz, RB Kapri Bibbs, LS Casey Kreiter, WR Bennie Fowler and WR Jordan Taylor. A 16-game starter each of the past two seasons, Paradis emerged as one of the league's best centers in 2016. He could seek a long-term deal before officially signing his $615,000 tender.
Mar 7 - 5:11 PM

Broncos tendered restricted free agent LB Todd Davis at the second-round level.

K Brandon McManus is also getting a second-round tender. Davis will earn $2.746 million if he signs his tender. The 24-year-old had a solid season in 2016, earning PFF's No. 20 inside linebacker grade out of 59 qualifiers.
Mar 7 - 3:20 PM

Broncos tendered restricted free agent K Brandon McManus at the second-round level.

The second-round tender is worth $2.746 million. It's an aggressive move for a kicker, but the Broncos didn't want to let McManus get away after he converted at least 85 percent of his field goals each of the past two years. Kickers are at more of a premium with the longer extra point. McManus also has a big leg, draining 8-of-13 kicks from 50-plus yards the past two seasons.
Mar 7 - 3:12 PM

Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports the 49ers would have interest in trading for Trevor Siemian if the Broncos land Tony Romo.

There was a similar report regarding Texans QB Tom Savage, suggesting Romo will set off a domino effect wherever he lands. Siemian was a respectable starter during his first year on the job in 2016, and he played much of the season with a shoulder injury which ultimately required surgery. He would be a quality addition for a team which should be taking as many swings as possible at quarterback.
Source: 9 News
Mar 7 - 8:26 AM

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