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And just like that, one of the best guards in the NFL is ripe for the signing. The Denver Broncos need to be the team that does it.
When news broke on Saturday that the Green Bay Packers released Josh Sitton, John Elway should have immediately picked up the phone and asked his agent to get this deal done.
The talent speaks for itself. Sitton was Pro Football Focus’ fifth-rated guard last season and is the top-rated pass-blocking guard the last three seasons. In each of those three years, he’s been named a second-team All Pro.
For those who might fret about his age, he just turned 30 in June. So he fits in the mold of players Elway likes to target.
Still not convinced?
Sitton hasn’t missed a start since 2011.
Sitton is a veteran presence who would solidify Denver’s line. In a big way. He also knows the zone-blocking system and is great in pass protection. That hasn’t been a strength of the Broncos the last few seasons.
There was some talk that this surprising move was about more than money. But as Yahoo’s Charles Robinson pointed out on Twitter, it was entirely about money. As Robinson said, the Packers believed Sitton was upset he didn't get a new deal done and decided to move on. He was set to become a free agent in 2017.
Was told nothing crazy happened w/ #Packers & Josh Sitton. Packers believed he was upset he didn't get new deal done and decided to move on.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 3, 2016
In terms of the salary cap, more space became available with the release of Mark Sanchez and Ronnie Hillman. As we speak, the Broncos have $8.7 million in cap space, according to overthecap.com. Sitton was released from a contract that was less than $7 million.
For those concerned about 2017 and the prospects of re-signing Emmanuel Sanders and bringing in Sitton, don’t be. According to Over the Cap, Denver has $43 million in cap space. Keep in mind, that’s before anything is done with Aqib Talib or DeMarcus Ware.
This has the feel, look and smell of an Elway move. Elway and the Broncos need to get this done.
PFF had (ex?) #Packers OG Josh Sitton as a Top-5 guard in 2015, top 3 in pass blocking. Sitton turned 30 in June.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 3, 2016
The way Denver’s line got manhandled by the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter of the third preseason game shows the Broncos need interior line help. Russell Okung will lock down the left tackle spot, and Matt Paradis will as well at center. Now get one of the guards taken care of.
Elway did a similar move last season when he signed Evan Mathis prior to the start of the season. Sitton is better and younger. He also was the Packers' projected starter, went through training camp and played in the preseason. Mathis wasn't on a roster when he signed in Denver. Sitton would take away a position of need and do so for the next five seasons.
It’s not everyday one of the best in the NFL is ripe for signing.
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