2011 Free Agency: OT Menu

OT Current Team OT Current Team
Barry Sims 49ers Matt Light Patriots
Aaron Brant Bears Khalif Barnes Raiders
Kevin Shaffer Bears Mario Henderson Raiders
Kirk Chambers Bengals Langston Walker Raiders
Cornell Green Bills Mario Henderson Raiders
Mansfield Wrotto Bills Jared Gaither Ravens
Ryan Harris Broncos Marshal Yanda Ravens
John St. Clair Browns Oniel Cousins Ravens
Jeremy Trueblood Buccaneers Jammal Brown Redskins
Jeromey Clary Chargers Jermon Bushrod Saints
Ryan O’Callahan Chiefs Zach Strief Saints
Charlie Johnson Colts Sean Locklear Seahawks
Doug Free Cowboys Tyler Polumbus Seahawks
Alex Barron Cowboys Ray Willis Seahawks
Justin Blalock Falcons Willie Colon Steelers
Damien Woody Jets Ephraim Salaam Texans

I think every team in the NFC East could be in play here:

Cowboys: I’ve already beaten to death here that the Cowboys were dumb not to franchise Doug Free.  They’ll do everything in their power to re-sign Free, and it’s going to cost them.  I think the Cowboys could also look to find a player that can play multiple positions.  Marshal Yanda would qualify, but he’s going to get big $ wherever he goes, and the Cowboys will be hard-pressed to find room under the cap to sign him in addition to a couple safeties and a DE.  They may have to go into yet another season with no virtually no depth along the OL.

Giants: I’ve also beaten to death here that the Giants have the oldest OL in the NFL.  They need depth across the board.  Like the Cowboys, a player like Yanda that can play a few positions could be an option.  Otherwise, I think the Giants are far more vulnerable on the interior OL than they are on the outside.

Redskins: The Skins will have to decide if they want to try to re-sign Jammal Brown.  If they don’t, I think it’s pretty fair to say that the trade they made to acquire him from the Saints was a bad one.  Unlike the Giants and Cowboys, the Skins have some room to operate under the cap.  I could see them making a strong run at a couple of younger guys in Doug Free or Justin Blalock of the Falcons.

Eagles: I could only see the Eagles making a run at an OT if they don’t believe Winston Justice is the answer at RT.  Doug Free could be an option as an athletic RT protecting Michael Vick’s blindside.  They’d be able to offset some of that cost by trading Justice and his $2.7 million salary for a mid-late round pick.  Jared Gaither could also be an intriguing option as a player to challenge Justice.  He could come cheaply if teams around the NFL are scared off by his back issues.

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  2. Crash says:

    Question about Doug Free: unless drafting Smith has given Dallas the view that their need at left tackle is met, I am assuming that they are viewing Free as a left tackle and would be offering him money as such. Would any of the other three NFC East teams be viewing Free as filling a left tackle need, or a right tackle need? For Philadelphia at least, it was my belief that they were fine at left tackle, so I wouldn’t imagine there being a situation in which Philly offers Free a bigger contract than Dallas. Likewise with Washington, unless they were unhappy with their left tackle last year? Or am I mistaken in believing that there’s a large disparity between left and right tackle pay?

    1. Good question, semi-complicated answer. I share the thinking with most of the others that cover the Cowboys that there’s no way Tyron Smith plays LT this year. That’s Free’s job this year. Over time, they think Smith can be an elite LT, and if he gets to that point, they may flip-flop the two players down the road.

      Philly’s situation is unique. Yes, they have a great LT already and are set there. However, the RT in the Eagles offense now protects the QB’s blindside, so the Eagles may now be placing a higher premium on the RT position. If they were to target Free, they’d be doing so with the thought in mind that he’d play the right side. I get into way more detail on that here:

      http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2011/2/16/1997073/another-player-that-could-make-sense-for-the-eagles-in-free-agency

      The Redskins are another team that sort of fit the bill of already having their LT in place, in Trent Williams, although Williams (at least right now) is a far cry from Jason Peters. The Redskins could potentially view Free as a LT, and let Williams adjust to the NFL as a RT before eventually moving him back over to the left side when he’s ready.

  3. Tracer Bullet says:

    Gaither seems like a classic Banner/Reid move but I suspect Justice will play better with a healthy knee and some stability at RG (assuming Watkins is everything he needs to be) and they still have Dunlap, who held his own when he got to play.

  4. The Legend says:

    Gaither(if healthy) & Free are intriguing but they seem to like Justice a lot. If they can get a good deal for Gaither or Free though I say we trade Justice

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