The Broncos have informed Orlando Franklin that he'll be shifting over to left guard, at least temporarily.
According to Mike Klis, the move is as much as anything about keeping Chris Clark in the lineup.
Clark, who filled in admirably for Ryan Clady at left tackle last year, will presumably take over for Franklin at right tackle.
Clark will receive at least some measure of competition there from Vinston Painter - whom the Broncos activated from the practice squad late in the 2013 season to avoid losing him to San Francisco - and Winston Justice, whom they re-signed in late March.
As per Jeff Legwold, the Broncos pondered moving Franklin to right guard prior to having landed Louis Vasquez last offseason.
The shift likely means that Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery are competing for one spot only - at center. It had been suggested prior that both players could end up in the starting lineup - one at center, the other at left guard.
Denver's offseason conditioning program just started yesterday, though, and the line coaches won't be permitted to work with their charges for another two weeks, until May 5.
At that point, Dave Magazu & Co. will get a chance to see what they've got in their shuffled line, with the draft kicking off only a few days after that.
Since before Denver drafted him three years ago, Franklin's best NFL position has been a topic for debate.
Franklin was originally a left guard at Miami, playing 36 games at the position and making 25 starts over his first three seasons.
He started one game at left tackle as a junior, and stayed there for the entirety of his senior season.
Listed at 6-7 and 320 pounds, Franklin will provide a significant upgrade in size over Zane Beadles (6-4, 305), who left for Jacksonville via free agency without an offer from Denver.
However, that difference is washed out by the potential replacement of Frankling outside with Clark, who is listed at 6-5 and 305 pounds.
Including playoffs, Franklin graded out quite well at right tackle in his three seasons (2011: +1.9; 2012: +22.6; 2013: +22.1) according to PFF.
But PFF also had Franklin down as Denver's worst player in their biggest game, a putrid -4.1 in SB 48 (one penalty, one QB hit, five hurries).