Denver Broncos restructure Donald Stephenson’s contract

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 11: Donald Stephenson
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 11: Donald Stephenson /

The Denver Broncos have restructured the contract of Donald Stephenson, which will happily keep him on the roster for 2017.

The Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff will be happy to know that offensive tackle Donald Stephenson, who played for the Chiefs from 2012 to 2015, will be playing for the Denver Broncos for another year in 2017. The team restructured his deal to lower his guaranteed salary from $4 million to $2 million with a chance to earn the other $2 million in incentives, per the Denver Post.

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The Chiefs swept the Broncos last season, in large part due to their ability to get after the quarterback due to poor offensive line play. The Broncos still seem to be having a difficult time putting a new line together, especially if Stephenson is expected to start at right or left tackle.

Stephenson looked solid early on as a fill-in swing tackle with promise after the Chiefs selected him in the third round. But it was clear opponents were getting the best of him with experience going against him, and Stephenson soon found himself out of favor in Kansas City and eventually off the roster.

The Broncos soon found out the same thing the Chiefs already knew and benched Stephenson in the middle of the 2016 season. The Broncos just signed Menelik Watson, a versatile former Raider who can play either bookend, but is likely still looking for real tackle help. Watson has an extensive injury history and the Broncos would be served well by drafting one early if there’s a good scheme fit. Ty Sambrailo and Michael Schofield are also in the mix.