Broncos bolster offensive line by trading for veteran Allen Barbre, who most recently played for the Eagles.
The Broncos on Wednesday acquired 10thyear offensive lineman Allen Barbre from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound veteran has played 76 career games with the Packers (2007-09), the Seahawks (2010-11) and the Eagles (2013-16) and now joins a crowded offensive line room in Denver with a chance to compete for a starting job.
A fourth-round pick by Green Bay in 2007, Barbre, 33, signed with the Eagles in 2013 and inked a three-year extension the following season. In his four years in Philadelphia, he started 25 games at left guard and four at right tackle but said in an interview with 104.3 The Fan on Wednesday that he feels most comfortable on the left side.
But he was brought in to compete for a starting job, putting pressure on thirdyear guard Max Garcia, who started every game and played all 1,072 offensive snaps at guard last year. When the Broncos signed veteran Ron Leary in free agency, they initially had Garcia on the right side but flipped him back to the left side during organized team activities.
Barbre’s arrival puts pressure on thirdyear guard Max Garcia, who started every game and played all 1,072 offensive snaps at guard last season for Denver. When the Broncos signed veteran Ron Leary in free agency in March, they initially had Garcia on the right side but flipped him back to the left during organized team activities.
“It’s really about the best overall fit. The best offensive lines play well together,” coach Vance Joseph said in June.
Barbre has one year remaining on his contract with a nonguaranteed salary of $1.75 million. If he fails to make the final roster, the Broncos keep their 2019 conditional draft pick.
Injury news to begin.
The Broncos’ list of injured and recovering players is short. Three — Shaquil Barrett (hip), Chad Kelly (wrist) and Jake Butt (knee) — will begin training camp Thursday on the nonfootball injury list. One — Kyle Peko (foot) — will be on the physically unable to perform list. And three others will slowly work their way back to full speed.
Veteran running back Jamaal Charles has been rehabbing from multiple knee surgeries that he underwent while with the Kansas City Chiefs. Center Matt Paradis had surgery on both hips early in the offseason and was recently cleared to resume football activities. And defensive end Adam Gotsis had arthroscopic knee surgery in June.
“All three guys were cleared for training camp,” Joseph said. “Matt Paradis, for the first week, he’s only going to do drills and walkthroughs. The same with Adam Gotsis, drills and walkthroughs. As for Jamaal, he’s been cleared for everything. But that being said, we’re not going to push him out there too quickly and burn Jamaal out.”
Jobs on the line.
Rookie tackle and firstround pick Garett Bolles will begin camp with the first-team offense, a sign of his progress during organized team activities and the Broncos’ expectations for him this year as he vies for the starting job.
“He has to know what to do on every play and block his guy. It’s as simple as that,” Joseph said. “He’s going to be with the first team along with Ty Sambrailo (Thursday).”
Return of Kubes.
The Broncos rehired Gary Kubiak as a senior personnel adviser Tuesday, a move Elway fully expected since Kubiak stepped down from coaching in January.
“When Gary left here — I never planned on him leaving anyways — he never really left,” Elway said. “He just had to get some separation. When we talked about what he wanted to do as far as stepping down as a head coach, I talked to him about coming back in some kind of capacity. Gary is a very bright football man, and he can bring a lot to us. That’s why I’m excited he is going to come back. He’s a great evaluator. He’s a big bonus for us on the personnel side. … Football guys can’t stay away from football.”
Joseph was consulted on the hire and welcomed the opportunity to bring him back on staff.
“I worked for him, and most of my coaching principles come from Coach Kubiak,” Joseph said. “For me, selfishly, to have him around and to kind of bounce things off of him as a young head coach, I’m embracing that. I want to have around me as many guys that can help me that I can have.”