According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos and guard Shelley Smith have agreed on a two-year, $5.65 million dollar deal.
Broncos signing G Shelley Smith to a 2 yr, $5.65 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2015
Smith, a 6'4 312lb offensive lineman was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by then Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Smith has experience in Kubiak's zone blocking scheme, so he makes sense for the Broncos.
Smith has bounced around the league some during his short career in the NFL. He has played with the Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, and spent this past season with the Miami Dolphins. This past season, Smith started 3 of the 11 games he played for the Miami Dolphins. He started the season as the starter but suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for about a month. After that he shared left guard duties with veteran guard Daryn College, and served as a utility guard.
According to Pro Football Focus, Smith had a -10.1 overall rating in 2014. He had a -3.2 pass block grade, and a -6.9 run block grade.
I view this signing as more of a depth move for the Broncos. I'd for the Broncos to draft at least one guard to compete for the starting left guard spot with Smith and Ben Garland. I'm not a fan of this move, but obviously Kubiak see's something I do not.