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

AFC West: Denver Broncos to move Orlando Franklin to left guard

It appears that the Denver Broncos will be doing some tinkering in the trenches heading into their 2014 Preseason schedule as a familiar face is set to shuffle down the offensive line from tackle to guard next season.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Broncos will be moving tackle Orlando Franklin to left guard leading up to the 2014 season.

From PFT:

The Broncos spent a lot of time this offseason signing players to bolster their defense, but the offense is going to look different as well.

Orlando Franklinstarted 15 regular season games and all three postseason contests at right tackle, but he spent the first day of the team’s offseason workouts getting a handle on a different position. Franklin tweeted that he’s now at left guard and that he’s “excited to learn and improve” over the remainder of the offseason.

The Broncos had an opening at the spot with Zane Beadles‘ departure as a free agent and it seems likely that Chris Clark will take over at right tackle. Clark filled in for Ryan Clady at left tackle last season, but was without a position on the starting line with Clady back from last year’s foot injury.

Franklin is a solid veteran, but there is no denying that he is one of the weaker cogs of the Broncos offensive line unit so it comes as no surprise that Denver has plans to move him into a role that is more expendable. Left guard should treat him well and extend his stay with the Broncos for the time being.

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