Donald Stephenson
Stephenson with the Denver Broncos in 2017.
No. 79, 71     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-30) September 30, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Kansas City, Missouri
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Kansas City Chiefs ( 2012 2015)
Career highlights and awards
*All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Games played     80
Games started     37

Donald Wayne Stephenson (born September 30, 1988) is a former American football offensive tackle of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma. Stephenson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Denver Broncos and briefly with the Cleveland Browns before retiring in July 2018.

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

Stephenson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1] On August 22, 2014, it was announced that Stephenson violated league rules for performance-enhancing drugs and he served a four-game suspension.[2] During his four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, he started 21 games at both tackle spots and guard.[3]

Denver Broncos

On March 9, 2016, Stephenson signed a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth $14 million with $10 million guaranteed.[4][5] In the 2016 season, Stephenson was the Broncos' starting right tackle for most of the season.[3]

In 2017, Stephenson started four of the final five games of the season after losing the starting right tackle job to Menelik Watson and the primary backup job to Allen Barbre.

Cleveland Browns

On March 15, 2018, Stephenson signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.[6][7] On June 15, 2018, Stephenson was suspended for he first two games of the regular season for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.[8] On July 6, 2018, the Browns placed Stephenson on their reserve/retired list after skipping voluntary OTAs and mandatory minicamp and after being given the two-game suspension.[9]


  1. Stephenson comes full circle with selection by Chiefs
  2. "Chiefs OT Donald Stephenson suspended four games".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "New Broncos tackle Donald Stephenson ready to "join the party"".
  4. "Broncos agree to terms with T Donald Stephenson on three-year contract".
  5. "Matt Forte, Danny Trevathan, Jaye Howard among free agency values".
  6. Williams, Charean (March 13, 2018). "Donald Stephenson headed to the Browns".
  7. Maks, Patrick (March 15, 2018). "Browns sign DL Chris Smith, DB Terrance Mitchell, OL Donald Stephenson, TE Darren Fells".
  8. Patra, Kevin (June 15, 2018). "Browns OL Donald Stephenson suspended two games".
  9. Cabot, Mary Kay (July 6, 2018). "Browns' OL Donald Stephenson retires after being suspended by the NFL".

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