RT and LT are not the same position. A great RT might suck at LT. A great LT may suck at RT. So why would we take our own very good and improving LT and move him to a position that he may not be very good at? How does that make sense? There's no reason to panic and move him to bring in a Jake Long or other supposed "upgrade" if anything we should bring in a better RT and not try to fix what isn't broken.
I believe the best possible solution is retaining Winston Justice and drafting his replacement. Justice wasn't bad in blue last year, actually he was the best right tackle we've had in five years (Sorry Ryan Deim, it's true) but he is upgradeable. But if we retain Justice and draft his eventual, hopeful replacement this year it would serve us well. We all know Justice will miss games, his paycheck will reflect that, what better tryout/experience is there for a 3-7th round rookie than 3-6 complete games on the field in real competition? We've survived with Linkenbach, we won't draft a guy worse... it isn't possible. If we give a young guy this opportunity and we hit gold, then great, we got our guy who will be with the team for a decade and we didn't have to pay through the nose to get him. If we miss then worst case we have Justice for 10-13 games and rotating rookie's/backup's to try and find a fit. In this scenario there's always next year's free agency or draft, and hopefully our drafted 3-7th round RT can play guard eventually.
But switching a good young LT to RT doesn't make much sense.
I'm sure this will ruffle a few feathers around here but no way Patty Mac will both kick and punt. Again these things are not interchangeable. And furthermore, why would we want him to try? Pat is becoming a great punter, which means he's becoming a great offensive weapon, why give him more responsibility and ask him to be really, really good at two very specialized things? Again, this makes no sense.
We have Pat who consistently punts mid 40's and is getting much better with directional punting pinning teams inside the 10. Why ask him to do that, make the tackle on kick offs and kick a 53 yard game winner?! No guy can do that at an NFL level, and I think Grigson knows this. Just pay a guy 1-3 million a year to be very, very good at one thing; kicking field goals, and let Pat be very good at his thing.
It just doesn't make sense to try to save 2 million and a roster spot that would have just gone to a 3rd string OLB...
And next up even if the colts drop 10 million a year on one guy, it will not kill the franchise... yes I know that 10 million could have been distributed between two or three less marque guys that may have come in and have a bigger collective impact, but that's the risk you take. You sign a Kruger or Avril for that much and if they turn in consistent 10-15 sacks per year over their contract, they will have been worth it, if they bomb you cut your losses and trade them for a 6th rounder. It would suck to think they'll eat up whatever cap they will but the bottom line is you never see insane reward on a safe, cheap investment.
We have the cash, now is the time to take a single risk and spend big.
If we mess it up, guess what: We'll still be smiling, we'll still have Andrew Luck.