Posted Thu May 6th by Ian Henson
With the looming absence of Ryan Clady, the Denver Broncos today signed veteran free agent offensive tackle Maurice Williams who is a tenth-year veteran. Williams spent his previous nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he made one hundred career starts.
To make room for Williams (and possibly another signing) Denver released rookie safety Marcellus Bowman and rookie guard Michael Shumard whom the Broncos had added just after the draft.
I’d say look for Ryan Harris to push over to left tackle and Williams to take over the right side. At least if Clady’s progress slows for whatever reason. Either way this signing shouldn’t stress anyone too much, Harris is an injury concern at right tackle and Williams adds a lot of depth and reassurance. Fans will remember when Harris went down last season what happened (the Broncos record was 7-2 with Harris starting).
Press release after the mouse click.
BRONCOS SIGN FREE-AGENT OL MAURICE WILLIAMS;
RELEASE S BOWMAN AND G SHUMARD
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed free-agent offensive lineman Maurice Williams, it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Denver also on Thursday announced the release of safety Marcellus Bowman and guard Michael Shumard, whom the club signed as college free agents following the 2010 NFL Draft.
Williams (6-foot-5, 302 pounds) is a 10th-year offensive lineman who spent his first nine NFL seasons with Jacksonville, which selected him in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft from the University of Michigan. He has appeared in 105 career regular-season games (100 starts) along with three playoff contests (3 starts).
Williams, whose 100 career starts rank seventh in Jaguars history, has started all 16 games for a season five times in his career. In the regular season, he has started 86 games at right tackle, 12 games at right guard and two contests at left tackle.
The veteran started all 16 games for the Jaguars during four consecutive seasons from 2003-06 as one of 14 players in the NFL to accomplish that feat at either the tackle or guard positions.
An honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior at Michigan, Williams attended Pershing High School in Detroit. He was born on Jan. 26, 1979.