Renck: ‘Big move’ for LT in free agency, trade unlikely for Broncos

Denver Broncos offensive guard Michael Schofield (79) and offensive tackle Donald Stephenson (71) look across the line during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Photo by Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have addressed several areas of concern through the first week of free agency this offseason, including shoring up its defensive line and landing a high-caliber offensive guard.

But one glaring hole remains unsolved: left tackle.

And Denver’s plan at the position could remain unclear all the way through the NFL Draft.

Denver 7 Broncos Insider Troy Renck said he doesn’t see any more big moves in free agency from the club, let alone a splash signing or trade for a starting left tackle.

“I don’t believe the left tackle is on the roster right now, but a trade for like a Joe Staley or a Joe Thomas, I don’t see that as realistic. So, is it in the draft?” Renck said. “Is it in the draft in the first round? Is it in the second round or third round with a guy they like that none of us are really thinking about?”

Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan’s Tyler Polumbus wrote that recently released Los Angeles Chargers tackle King Dunlap could be an option to fill the left tackle vacancy. However, Renck said it’s unclear if the Broncos would have serious interest.

“With Dunlap, it’s been harder to ascertain what is their interest level, if at all. But until that position is filled, we at least have to keep him on the radar,” Renck said.

Newly-signed Chargers tackle Russell Okung had started at left tackle for the Broncos much of 2016, but he did not have his contract option picked up ahead of free agency.

Denver does have four tackles on its roster, Michael Schofield, Ty Sambrailo, 2016 free agent pickup Donald Stephenson, and the recently acquired Menelik Watson, who left the Oakland Raiders in free agency to join the Broncos.

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