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Free Agent Profile: Guard/Center B.J. Finney

If the Denver Broncos lose Connor McGovern to free agency, should they go after B.J. Finney as a potential replacement?

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B.J. Finney is a former undrafted player in 2015 who has played every season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been a reliable backup for them in recent years and has seen extensive playing time due to injuries. Could the Denver Broncos look at bringing him in to help solidify some of the depth issues they have had along the offensive line?

What kind of contract could he get

Finney made $3 million last season after receiving a second-round tender from the Pittsburgh Steelers as a restricted free agent. He’ll be unrestricted this season, but the lack of an offer from the Steelers could be telling on how they feel about him long-term.

Personally, my interest piques if he falls into the Max Garcia range of contract offers. A short-term one-year deal between $2-3 million.

Why the Broncos should sign him

He can play center if the Broncos choose to let Connor McGovern walk, but he also has the versatility to play at guard and even right tackle. While right tackle might not be ideal, it is always good to have players who can pick up other positions along the offensive line.

If he comes at a reasonable enough price, the Broncos could end up with a solid reserve offensive lineman.

Why the Broncos shouldn’t sign him

If he ends up getting paid starter money, I am not sure the Broncos would be well off having him start a full season. His grade via PFF was lackluster last season and he certainly doesn’t look like he’d be an upgrade over McGovern. If the idea is to get better on the talent side, then swapping McGovern for Finney looks like a downgrade - not an upgrade.

Final word

I’d say go for him if he doesn’t get a deal the first few weeks of free agency. If he is available at that point, then Denver could end up getting a low cost veteran who can play multiple positions along the offensive line. That would definitely help the depth situation there.

What do you think Broncos Country?


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