This series focuses on Denver Broncos whose multi-year deals are nearing the end, key players who were signed to one-year deals, and those playing under restricted free-agent tenders. They're all players eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2022, unless signed to extensions.
The next player in this series is offensive tackle Bobby Massie, who was signed after the 2021 NFL draft, but will he be back with the Broncos in 2022?
Time to examine.
A 2012 fourth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, Massie started 46 games in four seasons. He then signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent in 2016 and started 46 games in the next three seasons.
The Bears extended him in 2019, and he went on to start 10 games that year, which was followed with eight starts in 2020 as injuries limited his playing time. He had a contract option for 2021, which the Bears declined in a cap-related move.
After Ja'Wuan James tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout away from the Broncos training facilities this spring, the team parted ways with the enigmatic player and signed Massie to compete for the right tackle job.
Why he May be Back in 2022
Massie brings a wealth of experience and has been a steady presence for the teams he's played. He could serve as a short-term solution for the next couple of seasons while the Broncos find his replacement.
Why he May Not be Back in 2022
It's not a given Massie makes the roster, because the Broncos also signed free agent offensive tackle Cameron Fleming. Also, Calvin Anderson is being developed by offensive line coach Mike Munchak and could surprise everyone in training camp. Health issues have limited Massie the past two seasons.
Though the Broncos have other options, it won't be surprising if Massie wins the starting job. At the very least, he should provide stability at a position at which the Broncos have struggled to find a long-term solution. He certainly offers plenty in pass protection, but run blocking is not his strongest suit.
Massie is most likely filling in for this year at the right tackle position, but he could always be kept for another year on a one-year, low-cost deal to ensure the Broncos have an experienced player there. The team would certainly need to keep an eye on draft options in 2022, though.
However, should Anderson break out or another player surprises, the Broncos will move on from Massie.
Odds he'll be back in 2022: Low.
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