Jason Peters needs to be a member of the Denver Broncos as soon as possible. He would be an immediate upgrade over Garett Bolles. The Broncos have not yet addressed the position of left tackle, where they have seen subpar play over the last three seasons. But they could remedy that by signing Jason Peters.
Jason Peters Should Be Free Agent Target of Denver Broncos
Peters turned 38 years old in January and is currently a free agent after spending his last 10 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. Peters was a mainstay on the Eagles offense line and has been one of the best left tackles in football for the majority of his career. He has been selected to nine Pro Bowls during his career. Peters has also made first team All-Pro twice and second team All-Pro four times during that span. He was selected to the NFL 2010s All-Decade team for the astounding job he did at left tackle.
Broncos Left Tackle Situation
As of right now Garett Bolles is the starting left tackle for Denver. This is a scary thought for the Broncos and their fans. Bolles has been nothing short of a major disappointment since being drafted in the first round in 2017. In 2017 he led the entire NFL in holding penalties with seven, which is an average of 0.44 holds per game. In 2018 Bolles once again led the league in holding calls with seven. Finally in 2019 he was tied for the fourth most holds in the NFL, which was a slight improvement. During 2019 he had six holding calls for an average of 0.38 holding penalties per game.
Bolles has been a complete bust so far in his NFL career. The Broncos did not address the left tackle position through the draft or via free agency so far. Many assumed that they would because of how inferior Bolles’ play has been at one of the most important positions on the team.
Just recently the Broncos announced that there would be a competition at left tackle going into the 2020 season. It will take place between Garett Bolles and another third year player in Elijah Wilkinson. Wilkinson is a very versatile player because he can play any of the five offensive line positions. But he is not the answer at left tackle because when playing right tackle last year he struggled. Wilkinson is a very suitable sixth offensive lineman but will most likely lose the competition to Bolles. This will happen because the coaching staff and front office in Denver have a peculiar fondness for Bolles, even with his immense struggles.
The Denver Broncos have not addressed the so called elephant in the room, which is subpar play at left tackle. Bolles has been one of the worst starting left tackles in the league over the last three years. Jason Peters has accumulated 16 holding calls during his entire 15 year career. Bolles has been flagged for 20 holding calls in only three years. Peters would be an immediate upgrade at left tackle and would protect quarterback Drew Lock‘s blindside a lot better than Garett Bolles.