Broncos agree with former Chargers guard Louis Vasquez

According to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, the Broncos have agreed to terms with guard Louis Vasquez, who spent his first four years with the Chargers.

Vasquez will reportedly get $23.5M over four years, with $13M of it fully guaranteed.

The move suggests a possible release of Chris Kuper, which we had discussed earlier in the day.

Kuper is due a $4.5M salary and $5.4M cap hit this season; releasing him would save a shade under $2.7M in cap space thanks to a dead-money hit of $2.745M.

Vasquez was a third-round pick out of Texas Tech in 2009, and has started 54 out of 64 possible games in his four years. In 1,057 snaps last season, he graded out at +12.8 (+8.6 pass, +1.5 screen, -2.0 run, +4.7 penalty) according to PFF, tied for the 13th-best mark among offensive guards league-wide.

Remarkably, the 325-pounder has only been called for one penalty in his entire career - it was a hold against Denver in the third game of his career, and it was declined (a hold on a third-down incompletion). (h/t Vic Lombardi, 104.3)

According to his agent, the contract with which Denver obtained Vasquez is very similar to what the soon-to-be 26-year-old had sought from the Chargers as recently as November.

FWIW, Andy Benoit is a fan of the move:


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