The Denver Broncos began the day quietly as other teams began wheeling and dealing, but news broke late afternoon that they had come to terms with former Detroit Lions offensive lineman, Graham Glasgow. The terms are a four-year deal with $44 million that includes $26 million in guarantees.
While he is versatile enough to play interior guard positions, he will likely take over the starting center position left vacant when Connor McGovern left via free agency. As with any big free agent signing, we’re going to give out some grades for this first free agent move of 2020 by the Broncos.
Aside from defensive line, interior offensive line was the next place with a hole in the starting roster heading into free agency, so you expected Denver to try and fill that before heading into the draft. While word was, they were still potentially talking to McGovern, it seems they found an opportunity to upgrade the position with a three year starter on the interior. Glasgow is just a year older than McGovern and has started a 16 game season at both guard and center. He brings versatility, which means flexibility for Denver. They have their center of the future right now, but if a guy like in the draft pops up, they could easily slide him over to guard.
This is a better way to upgrade the running game, than going after a running back, in my opinion, and shows a commitment to building around Drew Lock, starting up front. - Jeff Essary
Since Brandon Thorn loves it, I’ll give it an A. It gives the Broncos an underrated signing that improves the interior of their offensive line. Add in the fact he’s reliable, versatile, and doesn’t commit penalties, great signing for Denver. - Ian St. Clair
Graham Glasgow will be a highly sought-after UFA this off-season. I studied all of his snaps (872) in '19 (798 at RG/74 at C) & came away most impressed w/his play strength, anchor, & craftiness using his hands.— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 9, 2020
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In what I’ve seen so far Glasgow looks like a better pass protector than run blocker. He has a good base and displays an ability to recover his hands if they’re swatted. I like how astute he is at sliding over to pick up late pressure, and he has the kind of anchor to stalemate players. He’s not going to be an elite people mover, but he looks solid blocking in his gap for runs. What I really like is what his mobility could offer. Last year the Broncos best rushing plays were when Dalton Risner would pull out and lead the way. Watching some of Glasgow’s time with the Lions, it’s clear that he’d give them an option to now do that going right or left.
He also gives them a fallback option at Center if they can’t find anyone there. Then you look at what his deal looks like compared to what the Dolphins just gave Ereck Flowers.
I’m just now starting to really dig into his tape, so I’ll have more in the coming days, but right now I’d give it an A+. - Joe Rowles
It fills a need. Everyone knows that the biggest weakness for the Broncos is the offensive line. This seems to be a move that helps improve that area. It also helps them move on from Connor McGovern. - Adam Malnati
Why not? James and Callahan were awesome A+ signings a year ago. He should improve the line if the world doesn’t end in the coming weeks and months. - Scotty Payne
Losing McGovern was going to be a hit and I didn’t like the idea of paying him $11 million a year, but they ended up spending that much anyway to get Glasgow. According to Pro Football Focus, Glasgow graded out a little better last season than McGovern. So it would seem they got a little bit of an upgrade by spending the same amount of money. Not a terrible trade off and any help along the offensive line is worth being happy about. - Tim Lynch
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