Former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Louis Vasquez is reportedly set to meet with the Tennessee Titans on Friday.
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Vasquez To Begin FA Stops in Tennessee
Thursday, March 10
Vasquez was released by the Broncos on Tuesday in a cost-saving move. Marc Sessler of NFL.com noted he had a $6.75 million cap hit for 2016 after ranking 45th in Pro Football Focus' guard rankings for 2015.
The 28-year-old interior lineman, who has 101 career starts under his belt, told Mike Klis of KUSA that getting released by the reigning Super Bowl champions came as a surprise.
"It was a little bit of a shock to me,'' Vasquez said. "But at the end of the day it's part of the business and (John) Elway's got to do what he feels is best for the team. That's out of my hands."
The Titans' offensive line could definitely use some work. Football Outsiders ranked the group 20th in run blocking and dead last in pass protection last season. New franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota got sacked 38 times in just 12 games.
Meanwhile, the Denver line rated 13th in pass protection on the Football Outsiders scale, and Vasquez was a key part of that. His best season came in 2013, when he was selected to the Pro Bowl and got named First-Team All Pro for his work protecting Peyton Manning, who threw 55 touchdowns that year.
Going from the Super Bowl champions to a team just looking to turn the corner after a rebuild would be a significant change. That said, it seems like a nice fit on the surface, and the Titans have the fifth-most cap space to utilize, per Spotrac.
If it doesn't work with Tennessee, Vasquez should receive plenty of interest from elsewhere as the league moves into the second wave of free agency after the initial frenzy.