The Broncos will be looking for a center in the draft or free agency after releasing Casey Wiegmann, who started at the position for Denver from 2008-09, Feb. 24. Head coach Josh McDaniels was asked about the decision to cut Wiegmann, a 14-year veteran, at the Combine, and he said he's looking for a bigger player to plug into the middle of the offensive line.
"I know it looks like we've got a hole right there in the middle," McDaniels said. "We've got a couple options we could address it with, and certainly there's a long time between now and when we start playing football. A lot of things could change. A lot of things could happen. We do want to get a little bit bigger; there's no denying that."
The Broncos are continuing to move away from the approach that McDaniels' predecessor, Mike Shanahan, used to build the O-line. Rather than collecting smaller, more agile linemen to operate out of a zone scheme, McDaniels wants bulky players who can move the pile in a power rushing attack. McDaniels hinted that Seth Olsen, a fourth-round pick in '09, could get a shot at starting at left guard or center. Wiegmann is listed at 285 pounds, while Olsen weighs in at 308.
"Seth Olsen played center for us last year and did it off and on during the course of the season on the scout team and did a nice job with that, save for a few shotgun snaps that went over everyone's head," McDaniels said. "He's a guy we have high hopes for. I think he does, too. We look forward to him and his improvement this year."
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