The Denver Broncos are likely set to lose franchise left tackle Ryan Clady for a large chunk of time due to a Lisfranc injury, and they worked out Winston Justice as a stopgap, backup plan yesterday. Justice was expected to earn a contract from the Broncos following the workout, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Denver Broncos have indeed signed Winston Justice to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. But if Justice meets certain incentives, then he could earn $350,000 more.
Justice probably won’t be meeting those incentives, because the Broncos are just signing Justice as veteran depth. He will be backing up Chris Clark, who is going to be blocking Peyton Manning’s blindside for a significant chunk of time until Clady gets back. Clark was given an extension by the Broncos, and it will be interesting to see how he ends up doing.
Last season, Justice started for the Indianapolis Colts, but he received basically no interest in the offseason following another subpar campaign. Justice fits the Broncos as a backup swing tackle, but he’s just a veteran depth guy at this point. The only teams to show interest in Justice in the offseason were the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans.