Insider Reveals Broncos Have Been in Contact With 9-Time Pro Bowl OT Jason Peters

Chad Jensen

The Denver Broncos did next-to-nothing to upgrade or bolster the offensive tackle position during the offseason. Outside of signing Central Arkansas undrafted rookie Hunter Watts, the Broncos stood pat at the position. 

We assumed that it meant that GM John Elway was confident in the bookend duo of Garett Bolles and Ja'Wuan James. Then the Broncos went and declined Bolles' fifth-year option, which again cast shadows on just how Elway and company view the OT position at this point in time. 

It's never too late to make additions and with the Broncos carrying more than enough salary cap space to make an OT addition, the team brass could strike at any time. The problem is, quality OTs don't grow on trees and when they're available on the free-agent market, it usually isn't for long. 

That sets the stage for another story linking the Broncos to ex-Eagles perennial Pro Bowler Jason Peters who's been tied to the Mile High City by national writers. When it comes to breaking Broncos stories at the local level, The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala is among the market's leaders. On Tuesday evening, Jhabvala chimed in on a Twitter conversation by confirming the Broncos' legitimate interest in Peters. 

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Just as I have viewed the situation dating back to the draft, indeed, the Broncos have checked with Peters to see what his asking price is but Elway wants to see how the Bolles vs. Elijah Wilkinson competition shapes up. This is what I've been telling listeners of the Huddle Up Podcast daily. 

That camp battle won't be resolved until (at the soonest) late July. By then, it's unlikely that Peters will remain on the market as Philadelphia has expressed an interest in bringing him back. 

This is a classic 'hurry up and wait' situation. Fans want immediate resolution at the OT position but the team is willing to take its time and let the chips fall. 

This team likes Bolles a heck of a lot more than fans do. Draft pedigree has much to do with that internal view but the Broncos are going to continue to give their 2017 first-round pick every opportunity to succeed (or fail), even postured in an 'open' competition with Wilkinson for the starting left tackle job. 

Peters is available today, as is Kelvin Beachum. The Broncos don't have a sense of urgency to make an OT addition, so for now, it might be wise to place this particular situation out of mind lest you risk eating your heart out. 

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broncofan55555
broncofan55555

Bolles is durable and on a upward trajectory. It is James that concerns me with his health and mental issues. He seems to be an accident waiting to happen. Relying on Wilkinson to be a fill in OT is foolishness on steroids. Beachum would be a cheaper pick up. Peters is going to want boatloads of money to correspond to his Pro Bowl pedigree.

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

I personally believe they intend to see whats available after the last cut down. the article pretty much says that's what to expect.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

Translation: He wants too much money. So what did the Raiders pay for Prince?

DJCTiburon
DJCTiburon

We need Peters no matter what. Poor play by Bolles and injury concerns with James. Wilkinson is insurance for neither. He is not good has not been good and is not a legitimate backfill for either tackle spot.

Dick Hanky
Dick Hanky

Holds has been on an upward trajectory several times. They have nothing, zero depth at OT. I hope the supplemental is stocked because I don't think they'll play college ball this year. Maybe Walker Little or other OT's will change their minds and be available. The 2021 OT plan might be worse than the 2020 OT plan. Hey, they are strong at C and G!

rogue719
rogue719

Problem is that Peters is also 38 and starting to decline, which is why he's not currently still signed by Philadelphia. They want him, but at their price, not his. Peters might be willing to wait before looking to take less. So, we wait, but Bolles has improved under Munchak and with a more mobile QB, isn't nearly the liability that he was the beginning of last season. Elway and the coaching staff think the situation isn't that bad. I'm willing to trust their view.

Arbbq
Arbbq

You don’t wait until the middle of training camp to decide you made a mistake and go to a highly improbable plan b. That just seems asinine. At this point, it seems Elway is kicking the tires on a free agent because he feels an adequate starter is presently not on the team. He’s got to pull the trigger soon because in July it’s likely no dependable starter candidate will be around.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Peters fits the mold of a slightly older Whitworth move like the Rams made a while back. Rock solid vet who brings experience and leadership. Peters is a risk to an extent on the age related injury front, but for me needs absolutely must right here to sign him if it fits financially.

Jefffrey55
Jefffrey55

I like Bolles

Franklin Gray
Franklin Gray

There will not be a season this year. The liberal run states will not allow large gatherings until a cure is found and the owners can't afford to pay the players with an empty stadium.

Orangesoda1
Orangesoda1

Let the pro do their job instead us fans trying to giving expertise when we are not there in person dealing with those guys. I think too much media and fans been on this bandwagon. Flacco the fake QB stood like a statue and lets see a full season with lock and see how it goes. Patient is virtue

Mr. Pioneer
Mr. Pioneer

How good is Beachum, and can he play RT?

Frankiebaby74
Frankiebaby74

Just wanted to let you know you can still use G.Bolles as a different position on the offense side n maybe keep him like the Chicago Bears did when they won the Superbowl back then by using a huge n strong lineman like Bolles to carry the ballto score when they so close to the end zone.

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

I just don't see the Broncos pulling the trigger on signing Peters. After the draft, Peters' agent reached out to Denver, and the Broncos then kept in contact. But its a thanks but no thanks for right now. Broncos are standing firm in their three tackles: Bolles, Wilkinson, and James.

Trojannick
Trojannick

Why not get Peters or Beachum now and make it a 3 way competion for the spot?


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