Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Orlando Franklin (74) against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos moving Franklin from tackle to guard

With the beginning of offseason workouts, the Denver Broncos made official what any people thought might happen with its offensive line situation. Right tackle Orlando Franklin is moving to left guard. Franklin made the announcement via Twitter saying he was excited to learn the spot.

The move was thought possible soon after starting left guard Zane Beadles signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent. The solid play of Chris Clark, who replaced injured All-Pro tackle Ryan Clady last season, also played a major role in Franklin’s fate.

From DenverBroncos.com, the team’s offensive line will mostly likely look like this to start the season.

Left tackle: Ryan Clady (three-time Pro Bowler; missed all but two games in 2013)
Left guard: Orlando Franklin (15-game starter at right tackle in 2013)
Center: Manny Ramirez (16-game starter in 2013)
Right guard: Louis Vasquez (2013 first-team All-Pro; zero sacks allowed)
Right tackle: Chris Clark (career-high 14 starts in 2013)

Franklin has started 47 regular-season and six postseason games in his career at right tackle.

The move further opens up the draft for the Broncos, as guard was expected to be one of the teams major needs. Many thought Denver’s first-round pick could be at that position.

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