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Elway gets a bunch of ‘thumbs up’ for his early non-splashy free agency moves

Before the big news today about Jurrell Casey, John Elway had made some key moves, even if they didn’t seem like big ones.

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Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright had several guests on Broncos Country Tonight Tuesday reacting to the Broncos’ free agency moves - and non-moves - to that point, and the response to Lions’ offensive lineman Graham Glasgow joining the team was quite high.

“You got a good one there,” said Lions’ beat reporter Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Frankly, I was surprised the Lions didn’t do more to keep him.”

Birkett added that the decision to let Glasgow test free agency was less about his performance and more about the value on the position since they’ll have to re-sign several guys in coming years.

“It wasn’t about Graham’s play...the Lions just didn’t want to commit the money it was going to take,” Birkett said. “He was one of the more reliable guys on that line. He’s a good player and he’ll be good in the locker room too.”

Hall-of-Fame safety Steve Atwater liked the move too.

“I think Graham is going to come in and play well for us,” he said, noting the 70.4 PFF grade Glasgow earned against the Broncos’ defense last season. “He’s a big guy too. 6-foot-6, 310, sheesh!”

Although Glasgow played mostly right guard last season, in his pro career, he’s played more center. To this point, Mike Munchak has seemed content with letting Austin Schlottman and Patrick Morris compete for starting center now that Connor McGovern has signed with the Jets.

Atwater believes trusting Munchak is the way to go here.

“Whatever Mike Munchak says we should do, we should all listen,” Atwater said. “If he is confident Patrick Morris and Austin Schlottman can hold it down, I’m right behind him 100 percent.”

There were no big hurrahs for the Driskel signing, but Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes he’ll be a decent backup in short-term need situations.

“If something happens to Drew Lock, and he’s going to miss a significant amount of time, Jeff Driskel isn’t going to keep you above water, but he can win a game in a pinch if you have a balanced enough team to stay in a game,” he said.

Brandon Krisztal of BKDenver Sports added that it’s about having a relatively young, athletic guy in the QB room.

“When your No. 1 guy goes down, your season is almost always lost,” he said, emphasizing the point that Driskel is merely insurance for Lock and adding that despite Driskel’s 1-7 career as a starter, he hasn’t been dealt amazing teams in good situations to win. “It’s about a room with young, athletic guys.”

While the hosts and guests expressed disappointment in not getting DJ Reader during Tuesday’s commitments - losing out on a bid of $48 million over four years to a $53 million contract - all were happy with John Elway for not overpaying.

And with today’s news of the Broncos’ trade for Titans’ defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, the mood is likely much more jovial.