The Denver Broncos appeared to add more offensive line protection for Russell Wilson as the star quarterback enters his second season with the team following last offseason’s successful trade.
The Broncos and offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey agreed to a five-year contract Monday as the NFL’s «legal tampering» period opened, according to multiple reports. The deal is worth $87.5 million with more than $50 million guaranteed, the NFL Network reported.
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Deals cannot be made official until 4 p.m. ET, the official start of the 2023 season.
McGlinchey was the 9th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft. He played in all 17 games for the team in 2022 protecting Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo and Brock Purdy as San Francisco appeared in the NBA Championship. NFC. He only played in eight games in 2021.
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The 28-year-old will now have a chance to protect Wilson, who had a difficult first season with the Broncos. Denver fired coach Nathaniel Hackett and hired Sean Payton to replace him earlier in the year. Payton took a year off from coaching after being with the New Orleans Saints for 15 seasons.
Denver went 5-12 in 2022. The team ranked 21st in yards gained and 32nd in points scored.
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McGlinchey could be the start of a game-changing offense for Denver. A little extra protection will surely do Wilson good moving forward.