Eight days after Ja’Wuan James was lost for the season with a torn Achilles, the Broncos found his replacement by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with veteran right tackle Bobby Massie, according to his agency.
Massie, who turns 32 on Aug. 1, was one of several offensive tackles who worked out for the Broncos on Wednesday, including former Tennessee starter Dennis Kelly.
James was put on the non-football injury list last Friday.
The Broncos will be Massie’s third NFL team. He played four years with Arizona and the last five with Chicago. His first three seasons with the Bears (2016-18) overlapped with Broncos coach Vic Fangio’s final three as defensive coordinator.
Originally a fourth-round pick by the Cardinals in 2012 (No. 112 overall), Massie has started 110 of his 118 career games.
From 2014-18, he started all but four of 64 games for the Cardinals and Bears, but missed six games in ’19 (high ankle sprain) and eight games last year (knee). Neither issue required surgery. He became a free agent earlier this offseason when Chicago declined his contract option.
If the Broncos are counting on Massie to start in James’ spot, they can continue to develop Calvin Anderson as the backup swing tackle. Anderson started one game at left tackle last year.
In a depth move Wednesday, the team signed offensive tackle Ryan Pope.
Pope (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) has not appeared in a regular-season game since leaving San Diego State. He went undrafted in 2019 and bounced from Detroit to San Francisco, Jacksonville and Green Bay. He spent most of ’20 on the Packers’ practice squad.
Sterns, Vincent agree. The Broncos started the process of getting their draft picks under contract by agreeing to terms with fifth-round safety Caden Sterns (Tuesday night) and seventh-round cornerback Kary Vincent (Wednesday afternoon).
Both players will sign the standard rookie four-year contracts.
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