Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 12, 2013

NFL: Vasquez agrees to 4-year deal with Broncos (Updated)

Ex-Tigers goes to Super Bowl contender

From Staff and Wire Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

— Corsicana’s Louis Vasquez agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos, taking him from one AFC West rival, San Diego, to another, which also happens to be a Super Bowl contender.

Reports have Vasquez agreeing to a four-year, $23.5 million contract. Tuesday was the first day NFL free agents could agree to terms with another NFL team.  

Broncos team president John Elway tweeted Tuesday: “We’ve agreed to terms with guard Louis Vasquez. He is a big, powerful player who adds a physical presence to our OL.”

Vasquez’s agent, Rob Sheets, told the Daily Sun on Tuesday afternoon that he and Vazquez looked for three criteria for his second contract.

“Money, geography and the ability to win a ring,” Sheets said. “We feel as if we accomplished all three. Louis is the 10th-highest paid guard in the NFL.”

Vasquez spent his first four NFL seasons with the Chargers. A third-round pick out of Texas Tech, Vasquez started 54 games for the Chargers, missing only two games because of injuries.

 USA Today’s Mike Garafolo reports that $13 million of the contract is guaranteed money.

On Pro Football Talk’s Top 100 NFL free agents, Vasquez was the second-best guard and the No. 50 player overall in this free agent class.

Sheets said that he did talk to the Cowboys, who are in need of offensive line help, but that the conversation lasted about 30 seconds.

That’s because the Cowboys were hit by a fine last year by the NFL, and they’re limited in what they can do.

“They called to inquire like a lot of teams did. What are you hearing. Where are you at,” Sheets said. “The Cowboys conversation was less than 30 seconds. I knew they weren’t a player. They knew they weren’t a player.

But going back to the draft the Cowboys have always been a fan of Lou. They just missed in the draft.”