Graham Glasgow – Denver Broncos
Of all of the players on this list, Glasgow is arguably the player that most Lions fans would have liked to stick around. It wasn’t to be though, as the Lions currently seem unwilling to offer guards expensive contracts.
Instead, the Lions let Glasgow walk to the Denver Broncos, where he landed a four-year, $44 million deal to help solidify the offensive line in front of promising second-year quarterback Drew Lock. Broncos general manager John Elway has dedicated copious resources to their offensive front in recent seasons with shaky results. Conversely, Glasgow is as steady as they come.
His durability and versatility made him an important member of the Lions in his four seasons in Detroit and that made it all the more confounding for some that he was not offered a new deal by the Lions. He slid seamlessly between guard and center depending on injuries and new incoming teammates and played in over 87 percent of the Lions’ offensive snaps in those four years.
The strange guard rotation that the Lions used in 2019 may have contributed to Glasgow’s departure, but don’t expect that to continue in Denver. No one pays a guard what Glasgow will earn with the Broncos in 2020 without expecting him to play every meaningful snap provided that he is healthy.
He figures to slide into the right guard spot, but could easily see time at center should rookie Lloyd Cushenberry scuffle. It’s that kind of adaptability that Lions fans will undoubtedly miss, and it will certainly help the Broncos as they hope to rise to the challenge in the tough AFC West.