According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Denver Broncos plan to sign former San Francisco 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey. They are signing him to a five-year deal worth $87.5 million dollars with $50 million dollars fully guaranteed.
The Walter/Penner ownership group has come out spending early in this legal tampering period.
RT Mike McGlinchey is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos, per sources.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 13, 2023
The Broncos entered free agency with the plan to improve their offensive line and they certainly have done that. Earlier in the day, it came out that they have agreed to terms with former Ravens guard Ben Powers to fill their vacant left guard position. He was the top guard on the market and known as an elite pass blocker. Now, they have gone out and signed the former 9th overall pick, Mike McGlinchey to hopefully fill their never-ending hole at right tackle.
The former Notre Dame tackle is listed at 6’8”, 310 pounds, with 34” arms, and is 28 years old. He has spent his entire five-year career with the 49ers and has been one of the league's best right tackles during that span. Now, he will look to open up running lanes for the Broncos' running backs, whoever that may be, and block for quarterback Russell Wilson.
So, we are just two hours into the legal tampering period, and the Broncos have made some big swings to improve their offensive line. Garett Bolles will be your left tackle while Ben Powers is expected to play left guard. For now, Lloyd Cushenberry is your center, but I do not expect that to be the case once the season starts. Up-and-coming right guard Quinn Meinerz is your right guard and now, the highly-paid McGlinchey is your right tackle. The Broncos' offensive line looks much better on paper than it did just a few hours ago.
Newly hired head coach Sean Payton knows the importance of a strong offensive line, and when he first joined the Saints, fixing their offensive line was the first thing he did. So, adding a tackle and top guard in his first free agency with the Broncos makes a ton of sense.
With the offensive line now settled for the most part, the Broncos could move to the defensive line to likely replace Dre’Mont Jones who is expected to sign a big deal elsewhere.