Denver Broncos sign C/G Will Montgomery, add depth on offensive line

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The Denver Broncos’ massive signings may be all done for the free agency period, but they’re still working on building that Super Bowl winning team.

On Monday, Denver was able to re-sign dynamic cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

On Tuesday, they went out and added to the offensive line’s depth, signing free agent center/guard Will Montgomery.

Montgomery is a seven-year NFL veteran, most recently being the starting center with the Washington Redskins from 2011-present. Will Montgomery play center for the Broncos? It’s unknown, but seems likely. While he has also played guard, his natural position is at center.

That could mean a move by Manny Ramirez from center back to guard, though left would likely be the place for the “Man-Ram.” Zane Beadles’ departure left a large void at that spot, and Ramirez started most of 2012 at right guard due to Chris Kuper’s ankle injury.

But, Ramirez was near remarkable for most of the 2013 season at center, starting next to former college teammate and All-Pro right guard Louis Vasquez. The Broncos would be smart to keep the two together, leaving Montgomery to play left guard.

And, just hours before Montgomery was signed, starting right tackle Orlando Franklin tweeted out he was “pissed”. Could the signing have an impact on Franklin? It seems unlikely, though, there are only five starting spots to go around and there are now 13 offensive lineman on the active roster. Veteran tackle Winston Justice was also re-signed last week and Chris Clark played well in Ryan Clady’s stead for most of 2013.

What happens next is unknown, but stay tuned to cover32 for all you Broncos news.

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  • Armando Cuesta

    While the signings of C Will Montgomery and T Winston Justice are viable moves to acquire OL depth, why not pursue our present need directly. G Travelle Wharton is still available in FA. He was rated as top 5 in his position by PFF in 2013, and it would seem that he would more than ably fill the need for LG. Or, if the intent is still to pursue a D. Yankey, a X. Sua-Fila, or a G. Jackson through the draft then that would be fine as well. But if the signing of Montgomery is with the intent to displace Ramirez from center and over to right guard…..then I would disagree with the move. As you stated, ” Ramirez was near remarkable for most of the 2013 season at center “, so why tamper with that dynamic. It’s akin to trying to fix something that just ‘ain’t’ broken. I’ll guess how we draft will ultimately tell the tale of intent.

  • Rich Kurtzman

    Well said here, Armando.