A Look at a Few Available Experienced OTs

A key need for the Colts this offseason is to upgrade the O-Line, specifically at left tackle.  Typically, teams have four ways to fill a need - through the draft, via trade, by signing a restricted free agent to an offer sheet, or via unrestricted free agency.  Unfortunately, due to the "Final Eight" rule, the Colts do not realistically have that last option available.

 

This post explores a few experienced players available and grades the likelihood that we'll see a move toward them.

Flozell Adams, Cowboys

Age: 34

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 338
Seasons: 12

 

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SB Nation Scouting Report:

Assets Huge and athletic. Has a long wingspan and uses his arms very well to punch and frustrate pass rushers. Can be a dominating run blocker. A focused and very disciplined lineman.
Flaws

Isn't always in top condition. Can be out-leveraged and beaten on double moves by quicker defenders. Tends to wear down at times.

Career Potential

Multiple Pro Bowler.

 

I don't follow the NFC, but even I am aware of Flozell's propensity to be a penalty machine, both for personal fouls and for false starts.  The guy actually has a Facebook fan club devoted to his false starts! A possible explanation for the latter is that Flozell is partially deaf in his right ear.  For a guy who plays LT, this is a serious liability - and if we're looking for someone who can wait patiently while Peyton goes through his pre-snap calls, Adams has a knock against him.

 

Although Adams is huge, I just don't see the Colts pursuing a guy who by NFL standards is geriatric.  The penalty situation seals the deal.  Polian prefers young, fresh talent, even if it is unproven at the pro level.  But, Adams is technically an option, so I decided to include him.

 

 

Jared Gaither, Ravens

Age: 24

Height: 6'9"

Weight: 330

Seasons: 3

 

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SB Nation Scouting Report:

 

Assets

Simply huge, and very fluid and athletic for a man of his dimensions. Has natural mass and muscle to go with his incredible length. Can simply dominate as a blocker when on his game.

Flaws

Didn't commit to his education in college and ended up a supplemental draft pick. Needs to prove he can sustain his focus, intensity, and commitment in the NFL.

Career Potential

Starting offensive tackle with star tools.

 

Gaither has proven his ability at the pro level, and barring additional injury, still has many years ahead of him.  In 2009, neck, foot and toe problems kept him from starting all except 11 games.  He did suffer a scary neck stinger against the Patriots that resulted in his lying on the field for 15 minutes and having to be carted off.

 

The commitment comments would cause me a little concern, and his name hit the radar recently when John Harbaugh called him out for not immediately attending the off-season conditioning program.  Still, the scouting report comments are a bit dated and he did eventually appear back in Baltimore.  He has even been a good soldier recently, proclaiming on Twitter how happy he is to be back with the team (wink, wink).

 

Gaither was tendered at the first round level, but rumors have been floated that he may be available for something less than that.  This is as strong a signal as any that interested teams don't have to sign Gaither to an offer sheet, but that he may be available via trade.

 

 

 

Marcus McNeill, Chargers

Age: 26

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 336
Seasons: 4

 

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SB Nation Scouting Report:

Assets

A rare specimen of size who can also play the game. Is a great run blocker who is figuring out how to get the most out of his ample dimensions. Versatile enough to play both on the left or right side of the line.

Flaws

His size can also work against him. He sometimes gets stood up by quick ends and that can negate his natural advantages.

Career Potential

Very good starting lineman.

 

A 2nd round pick out of Auburn, McNeill is a two-time Pro Bowler (as an alternate) who has started all 62 games in which he's played.  By all accounts, the guy is of solid character, and he's also tough, playing with both hands broken in 2006!  Tendered at the first round level, there's a chance he would be available, but Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune believes the Chargers would match any offer sheet.

 

Mike Florio <3's the idea of the Colts pursuing McNeill, but it seems unlikely that Polian would spend a lot of energy to put together an offer sheet that would likely be matched.  I also don't see him employing the poison pill tactic; as much as the Colts might want to stick it to the Chargers (who have killed a couple of their playoff runs), poison pills breed bad blood.  During this time of CBA uncertainty, management needs to remain united and Polian is too smart to piss off someone who he has previously lauded as "a quintessential football man."

 

 

Other available players:

Below is a list of Tackles listed on NFL.com as either Released or RFA.  I believe that those whose 2010 team is listed have simply signed their RFA tenders, but that offer sheets are still possible.  Let me know if any of these interest you and I'll do some digging:

 

Player

Position

Status

Height

Weight

Experience

2009 Team

2010 Team

Adams, Flozell

T

Released

7-Jun

338

12th Season

DAL

TBD

Barnes, Khalif

T

RFA

5-Jun

325

5th Season

OAK

OAK

Barron, Alex

T

RFA

7-Jun

302

5th Season

STL

TBD

Brown, Jammal

T

RFA

6-Jun

313

5th Season

NO

TBD

Bushrod, Jermon

T

RFA

5-Jun

315

3rd Season

NO

TBD

Butler, Rashad

T

RFA

4-Jun

308

4th Season

HOU

TBD

Clabo, Tyson

T

RFA

6-Jun

331

4th Season

ATL

TBD

Clary, Jeromey

T

RFA

6-Jun

320

3rd Season

SD

TBD

Colon, Willie

T

RFA

3-Jun

315

4th Season

PIT

TBD

Cook, Ryan

T

RFA

6-Jun

328

4th Season

MIN

TBD

Federkeil, Daniel

T

RFA

6-Jun

290

4th Season

IND

TBD

Frye, Brandon

OT

RFA

4-Jun

305

3rd Season

SEA

TBD

Gaither, Jared

T

RFA

9-Jun

340

3rd Season

BAL

TBD

Heyer, Stephon

OT

RFA

6-Jun

330

3rd Season

WAS

TBD

Hunter, Wayne

T

RFA

5-Jun

303

6th Season

NYJ

NYJ

Johnson, Charlie

T

RFA

4-Jun

305

4th Season

IND

TBD

McNeill, Marcus

T

RFA

7-Jun

336

4th Season

SD

TBD

McQuistan, Pat

T

RFA

6-Jun

317

4th Season

DAL

TBD

Ndukwe, Ike

T

RFA

4-Jun

325

3rd Season

KC

KC

O'Callaghan, Ryan

OT

RFA

7-Jun

330

4th Season

KC

TBD

Pace, Orlando

T

Released

7-Jun

325

13th Season

CHI

TBD

Penn, Donald

T

RFA

5-Jun

305

4th Season

TB

TBD

Petitti, Rob

T

RFA

6-Jun

327

5th Season

CAR

CAR

Saucedo, Lou

T

RFA

5-Jun

330

Rookie

BAL

TBD

Scott, Jonathan

OT

RFA

6-Jun

318

3rd Season

BUF

PIT

Strief, Zach

T

RFA

7-Jun

320

4th Season

NO

TBD

Terry, Adam

T

RFA

8-Jun

335

5th Season

BAL

IND

Thomas, Tra

T

Released

7-Jun

316

12th Season

JAC

TBD

Toudouze, Michael

OT

RFA

6-Jun

303

2nd Season

IND

TBD

Trueblood, Jeremy

T

RFA

8-Jun

320

4th Season

TB

TBD

Whimper, Guy

T

RFA

5-Jun

302

4th Season

NYG

TBD

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