Whether or not the Denver Broncos find a way to retain Connor McGovern, they should seriously consider picking up a G/C versatile player like Graham Glasgow in free agency. Assuming, of course, the plan is to move on from Ron Leary this offseason.
The 28 year old unrestricted free agent is the third ranked free agent guard, but also has played center. He could be a good fit for an offensive line that figures to remain in flux for another season or so as Denver continues to rebuild the line.
What kind of contract could he get
If the Broncos want to completely stabilize the offensive line in 2020, then they might want to go after both McGovern and Glasgow. Both figure to earn around $9-$11 million a year in average annual salary, so it will be a sizable investment.
Another free agent guard, Brandon Scherff, has a calculated market value on Spotrac of a 4-year $53.34 million deal this free agency. Scherff is more of a tier 1 free agent, while Glasgow a tier 2. I would expect a $9-11 million average annual a good estimation of where Glasgow’s value will be in free agency this March.
Why the Broncos should sign him
Having two starters who can play both guard and center will give Mike Munchak plenty of options to put together a strong starting unit. In 2019, Glasgow earned a 74.1 grade from PFF, which bested McGovern’s grade last season.
The Detroit Lions have roster holes everywhere and are willing to let Glasgow walk, so their loss could be the Broncos gain.
Why the Broncos shouldn’t sign him
I have the same reservations I had over dropping $11 million on Connor McGovern. It’s going to cost Denver a pretty penny to sign a guy like Glasgow, who is good, but not great. If they go after a guy like Glasgow, then they might as well go all-in on this offensive line thing and get McGovern back as well.
That would make the starting five next season: Ja’Wuan James, Graham Glasgow, Connor McGovern, Dalton Risner, and Garett Bolles. Not great, but not bad either.
The Broncos have to sign someone, because they cannot bank on getting their starters in the 2020 NFL Draft. Graham Glasgow might be a cheaper alternative to Connor McGovern, so if the plan is to target a center in the NFL Draft, then Glasgow might be the right target in free agency to fill the right guard spot.
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Should the Broncos target Graham Glasgow in free agency?
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