Free-agent review: Zane Beadles

An examination of the Jaguars’ additions in free agency.

G Zane Beadles

Contract details: He signed a five-year deal worth $30 million ($12.45 million guaranteed). He received a $4.5 million roster bonus and his $2.975 million base salary is guaranteed this season. In 2015 he will receive a $2.5 million roster bonus and his base salary of $21.975 million is guaranteed. In 2016-18 he is scheduled to receive a base salary of $5.475 million and a roster bonus of $500,000.

What’s to like: The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Beadles is a tough, durable player who has missed just one game in the regular season since the Broncos selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft. The Broncos led the NFL in total offense and were 15th in rushing (117.1 yards per game) last season. The Broncos used a zone-blocking scheme and the Jaguars struggled with the transition to that in Jedd Fisch’s first year as the offensive coordinator.

What’s concerning: Beadles made the Pro Bowl in 2012 but he didn’t play particularly well last season and he does sometimes get overpowered in pass protection. That hasn’t been much of an issue with the Broncos because Peyton Manning gets rid of the ball so quickly, but he’ll have to improve there.

From ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold: “Beadles is smart and was always prepared – offensive line coach Dave Magazu has joked if he messed something up in a meeting Beadles would correct him. He played in every game in his tenure with the Broncos, 64 in all and started 63, so was durable and reliable. Also made the transition from the Josh McDaniels scheme he brought from the Patriots to the read option the team played with Tim Tebow at quarterback to what they did the past two seasons with Peyton Manning. The Broncos just believed he would get a better offer than they would have given him and he did in Jacksonville.

“He’s better on the move in a zone run game and the Broncos felt that he could be overpowered at times in both pass protection and in the run game. He opened his career with the team briefly as a tackle – he played six games at right tackle as a rookie after he had played left tackle at Utah -- but they quickly moved him inside and that’s where he has played since.”