The NFL 1000 series at BleacherReport kicked off and they published their Right Tackle series. It's great to read their rankings based on film study, even if it is subjective.
Cherilus ranked a very good 12th, 10 points out of 100 less than the leader. It was concluded that:
Cherilus is a solid right tackle who won’t cause the Colts any issues until 2016. That’s when his cap hit jumps to $9.9 million. Until then, Cherilus will continue to be solid in both pass protection and in the running game. He’s the perfect player to plug and play and forget about until you have to revisit his alue when his contract expires.
It's a fair conclusion and a good evaluation by Matt Miller. Cherilus is a reliable RT, even if he is no doubt being overpaid. If he continues to be solid and safe (without any injury), the 2013, 2014 and 2015 cap hit for this good player won't be so bad, even if it is quite large. But a tough decision will be made for the Colt's GM (which will probably be Grigson) the offseason before the 2016 season if Cherilus continues to play at a sub-great but a much better than average level.
Something I find significant is that Matt Miller said this about Anthony Castonzo:
Castonzo would seem to fit best at right tackle, as his strengths seems to be more in line with what you’d want on that side.
Could Castonzo, who I fully expect to be brought back at the end of the year once he is a Free Agent (hopefully for no more than 6mill/year), be the Right Tackle in 2016? 10million $ for Cherilus is quite significant. Matt Miller's point about Castonzo leaves something for the Colts Front Office to consider in the future if they feel the same- as it would be a crucial decision for the offensive line.