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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, March 14, 2019

"The one stat that matters – has he won?" Elway said. "And he has won. He's been to the Super Bowl, he's won one. If you look at his playoff record, what he's done on the road. He's won seven (playoff games) on the road and that's always hard to do. Joe might not be the flashiest guy, but he's been very successful, and I think he'll be very successful with us, too."

Elway, his personnel staff, new coach Vic Fangio and new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello identified Flacco as the best available option during extensive meetings in January-February.

"He can throw the ball anywhere and he's got a deep ball," Elway told The Post. "And he's better athletically than people think he is."

"We feel good with Connor [McGovern] at center," Elway said in an interview Wednesday with 9NEWS. "Obviously [Ron] Leary's coming back at left guard and Eli Wilkinson's at right guard. But we still have the draft and we still have a lot of time before the start of the year.["]

James will arrive as the starting right tackle, and the fact he was a primary target during the negotiating period means offensive line coach Mike Munchak has already given his seal of approval to the move. The Broncos have been interested in James, who played under Broncos assistant offensive line coach Chris Kuper for the past three seasons with the Dolphins, for some time. After the Bears re-signed tackle Bobby Massie -- keeping him off the market -- the Broncos pivoted to James. After quarterback and cornerback, the Broncos had right tackle as their priority in free agency and will pay James that way. At $13 million per year, James will be the highest-paid right tackle in the league pending any deals in the coming days.

The Broncos tackled one of their vital issues — offensive tackle — and cornered another conundrum — cornerback — and confronted the quarterback quandary. But is this the fast fix to the team's troubles?

Jackson was the Broncos' top target heading into free agency, according to a source. The cornerback position is one of their greatest needs and after releasing Darian Stewart, the safety position became a need too. The question is, though, where will Jackson play? Last season in Houston he started four of his first five games at safety and started the other 12 at corner. Will the Broncos use him as their No. 2 corner behind Chris Harris Jr.? Or will they try him at safety?

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