Let’s face it, if Peyton Manning isn’t given any protection or at least enough time in the pocket, there’s simply no play. The Denver Broncos offense, aside from the glitz and glamor, is designed from the foundation up, starting with the strength and shrewdness from their offensive line.
While all phases of the game are important for a completely balanced team, the Broncos have a zero percent chance of winning if the offensive line becomes shaky.
In light of this not-so-new revelation, John Elway and the Broncos front office decided to scoop up former San Diego Charger Louis Vasquez.
He was signed in March on a four-year deal worth up to $23.5 million. $13 million is fully guaranteed.
According to the Denver Post, Elway said:
“As you can tell, he has great size and is very athletic. He’s going to be a great addition for us in the offensive line, especially when you look at the health our offensive line. Louis was a priority for us.”
He is a physical presence in the interior line and well-known for his exceptional run-blocking ability. Since the team seems to be stacking up on as many running backs as possible, the situation definitely fits.
Now with Vasquez and up-and-coming tackle Orlando Franklin on the right side of the ball, the Broncos will be granted much more flexibility with their outside runs and tosses.
From an outside perspective, this means that we will most likely see the Chris Kuper-era in Denver come to an end. Having been nagged with injuries over the last few seasons, it’s expected that the two will part ways before the start of training camp.While the addition of Vasquez obviously improves the offensive situation, even more beneficial is the fact that he left a division rival. Vasquez was undeniably the best offensive lineman the Bolts had. He knows their system very well and can provide invaluable input when scouting for upcoming games.
This deal only puts Denver in a much better situation.