The Broncos have not had right tackle stability since Orlando Franklin‘s early-2010s tenure, having started a different player at this position from 2013-2021. With Bobby Massie unlikely to return, that streak should reach 10 years come September. Denver signed Tom Compton as a possible option, but the team is still looking for help here.
A former Jets draftee, Shell signed with the Seahawks in 2020 — on a two-year, $9MM deal — and made 21 starts for the team. Pro Football Focus gave Shell a middling 2021 grade, but he has 61 career starts on his resume. Shell, who saw injuries limit him in both Seattle seasons, is going into his age-30 season. Compton graded higher than Shell last year, filling in for Mike McGlinchey after the latter’s season-ending injury, but he will turn 33 soon and has seen action for six teams since entering the league in 2013.
Denver traded its first- and second-round picks for Wilson but still holds a second-round choice (the Rams’ No. 64 pick, obtained in the Von Miller trade) and two third-rounders. While the team has filled some of its need spots, its near-decade-long drought for right tackle stability remains.