The Broncos were quite public when they brought in Jake Long on the eve of training camp, showing they were serious about shoring up an offensive line that had been rocked by free agency and injury in the offseason. But Long never signed and the Broncos moved forward with a core of young offensive linemen, including a center and right guard and right tackle who have yet to take a regular-season snap in the NFL.

The Broncos kept things quite under wraps, however, with their real target in shoring up the offensive line: Evan Mathis.

Mathis had his name surface on more than one Mile High Sports radio show and in the Mile High Sports Daily as a potential fix for the Broncos, but there were no confirmed reports that Denver was even in talks with the 2013 All-Pro until the team dropped the bombshell that they had signed him.

If reports are accurate, Mathis signs an extremely team-friendly deal that puts him right in to the starting lineup of a team heavily favored to compete for a championship. The one-year deal also likely keeps previously installed starter Max Garcia on the roster as a likely backup to both Mathis and rookie center Matt Paradis.

As the bomb dropped, Twitter exploded as expected. Here are some of the top reactions from the MHS team and the media at large on the news that Denver had just inked one of the top free agents still on the market…