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Allen Barbre should hit free agency without an offer from the Denver Broncos

John Elway tried to get a stop gap along the offensive line with Allen Barbre and it largely didn’t work out.

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Allen Barbre was a major contributor along the offensive line early on in the season, but by Week 12 his playing time had been reduced to nearly zero snaps as the team clearly decided to move to the depth behind him.

He was supposed to be a veteran guy who could come in and lock down one of the interior guard position, but Max Garcia was constantly pushing him for playing time and ultimately he was replaced by Connor McGovern after Ronald Leary went to injured reserve.

Allen Barbre PFF Grade

For the season, Barbre did not rank in the top 61 of all NFL guards in pass blocking efficiency in that metric tracked by Pro Football Focus.

Overall, he ranked 69th in the NFL with an overall grade of 44.3 at the guard position. Surprisingly, he was even worse in pass protection with a 40.5 mark and a 65.7 mark in run block support.

These grades were an amazing reversal of his last few years with the Philadelphia Eagles where he was a borderline elite offensive guard in both 2014 and 2016 with a PFF grade above 80, while in 2015 it was still over 70.

Allen Barbre Contract

Barbre will enter 2018 as an unrestricted free agent. He played for the Denver Broncos under an extension he signed with the Eagles in 2014. His next contract will likely be at the veteran minimum, which for a ten-year veteran like Barbre will command a $1M price tag.

2018 Status

After such a disappointing season, it would be shocking if the Broncos pursue Barbre in free agency. He was supposed to be a stop gap veteran signings and ended up being a guy who needed to be benched in favor of players with limited experience. That’s never a good sign.

Add that to the fact that he’ll be a more expensive option than a younger guy on a rookie contract, it is unlikely we’ll see him in a Broncos uniform next season.