After visiting with the Falcons and Giants and leaving both teams without signing a contract, free agent left tackle Jake Long is a candidate to sign with the Broncos soon.
After news broke that Long would be visiting the Broncos Thursday (today), KUSA-TV's Mike Klis suggest that a "key part" of Long's visit will be his physical examination. That's because Long is coming off back-to-back ACL injuries.
Long passed his physical with the Giants, so he'll probably pass it with the Broncos.
With Denver's offensive line being in the state it's in, it's not hard to connect the dots.
A healthy Long is a player worth signing.
The Broncos are entering training camp with only one surefire starter on the offensive line (guard Louis Vasquez). Every other position, including both tackle spots, are up for grabs.
Denver's offensive line candidates include Ryan Harris, Chris Clark, Ty Sambrailo, Max Garcia, Gino Gradkowski, Matt Paradis, Ben Garland, and Shelley Smith (Ryan Clady is on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL).
If the Broncos aren't completely confident with the o-line candidates available, Long could provide competition and instantly become the front-runner to win the starting left tackle job, allowing the team to place Sambrailo, Harris, or someone else at right tackle.
Long, the No. 1 overall pick by the Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft, has allowed an average of 0.39 sacks per start, according to STATS. He started in seven games with the Rams last season before tearing his ACL.
Stay tuned to MHR for more updates on this developing story.