The Denver Broncos have made their first splash of free agency, signing Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary to help bolster the struggling offensive line.
The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with free agent OG Ronald Leary, the team announced today.
Leary joins the Broncos after spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys where he started in 47 of his 48 games for the franchise, including three playoff games.
The Broncos had major issues with the offensive line last season and signing Leary is a great signing by general manager John Elway.
"“Ronald is a big, physical and athletic guard who plays with an attitude. Upgrading the offensive line was a priority for us this offseason, and we’re excited to add Ronald to our team,” Elway said."
Leary, a Louisiana native, attended Memphis University on a full scholarship after a standout high school career despite only taking up football his junior year.
He became the starting left tackle during his sophomore season in Memphis, a position he held until his graduation in 2012.
Leary failed to be selected in the 2012 NFL draft despite being rated as a third round prospect. He was signed by the Cowboys as a free agent shortly after the conclusion of the draft and became the teams starting left tackle in 2013.
Leary allowed zero sacks last season and was rated the 18th best guard by Pro Football Focus in 2016.
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Leary has good size, standing at 6’3″ and weighing in at 324lbs. He is considered to be one of the premier run blockers in the league and was a major part of Ezekiel Elliot’s and the Cowboys’ success in the run game last season.
The deal is for a reported four years, and valued at approximately $35 million dollars with around $20 million dollars guaranteed.
This is an exceptional coup for John Elway and his staff in the opening 24 hours of free agency. The offensive line was arguably the biggest issue facing the Broncos and Elway has wasted little time in upgrading it.
Let’s hope this is just the start of what will be a very fruitful free agency period for the Broncos.