Dalton Risner is about to be a free agent. Next stop? Wherever he is “valued”


For the last four years, Dalton Risner has been the Broncos’ anchor at left guard.

But unless the Broncos pony up with a competitive offer for the Wiggins native, he might have played his last game in orange and blue. Risner will be a free agent at season’s end and was placed on injured reserve this week with a strained ligament in his left elbow.

“When it comes to this business, what everyone wants at some point as a player is to be valued,” Risner said. “So if the Broncos value me, and they want to keep me here and be a Denver Bronco, I can’t wait. That’s going to be one of the biggest (and most exciting) things.

“But at the end of the day, it being a business… it’s like, ‘Okay, where am I going to be valued at? Is it going to be with the Broncos or is it going to be somewhere else?’”

Risner addressed his uncertain future Thursday in Dove Valley, speaking to Denver media members after being named the 2022 recipient of the local PFWA chapter’s Good Guy Award. The honor is given annually to a Denver player who exemplifies enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with reporters.

The 27-year-old will have started 62 of 66 possible games during his time with the Broncos, counting Sunday’s season finale against the Chargers at Empower Field. He struck a reflective tone Thursday while wearing a brace on his left elbow, speaking like a player who knew he might be playing for a different team next season.

“Four missed games in four years, that’s (an average of) one a year, and I’m just really grateful for that,” Risner said. “I’m grateful for the people here, grateful for my time here, and I’m excited to see what’s next for me in my career. I don’t know what that will be.”


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