Denver Broncos: 5 Free-Agent Targets Worth More Than Their Price Tags – Bleacher Report
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Will Montgomery has never been appreciated for his production, but he’s always performed at a high level.
He was Denver’s second-best offensive lineman in 2014, per PFF, and he did this playing for less than $2 million per year. But because he’s not a standout center and because he’s 32 years old, he’s going to be cheap.
However, he fits Denver’s closing championship window well. The Broncos can count on the consistent Montgomery, who is a great fit as a zone-blocker, to put in at least one more good year of production.
With the Washington Redskins in 2012 under former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, he put up a plus-25.2 grade on PFF. Shanahan worked with current Broncos coach Gary Kubiak under the zone-blocking scheme, showing that Montgomery can succeed in Denver’s scheme.
But because of his age, I signed him for a paltry $1.5 million for one year on Fanspeak. He might actually cost around $2 million annually, but it would still be much cheaper than signing a top-tier center like Rodney Hudson for $7-$8 million annually.
According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, the Broncos want Montgomery back. They don’t need to go all in at center in free agency, partially because they have sixth-round pick Matt Paradis in the mix. Per Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com, Kubiak has praised Paradis, and it seems Paradis could be a long-term fit at center.
If that’s the case, signing a long-term center in free agency isn’t the best option.
But in case Paradis doesn’t pan out, the Broncos can turn to this year’s draft. The center class in the draft is weak, but the Broncos could still draft and develop a center such as Reese Dismukes of Auburn or B.J. Finney of Kansas State in the middle rounds.
Montgomery will probably start for only one more year because he’s reliable for Manning, but it’s reasonable to expect him to do good work in his one year.
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