Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 12, 29 days before the start of the NFL's new league year.
Glut of tackles on market will help Redskins
The laws of supply and demand will help the Redskins if they decide to go into the free agent market in search of a right tackle.
There will be what Pro Football Talk described as “a glut” of tackles hitting the free agent market when it opens on March 12.
Among the Pro Bowlers and longtime starters who are slated to be free agents are Jake Long, Branden Albert, Sebastian Vollmer, Ryan Clady, Sam Baker Gosder Cherilus, Winston Justice, Phil Loadholt, Brian McKinnie, Jermon Bushrod, and Andre Smith.
In other years, these players might be looking for contracts in the range of $8 to $12 million per year or more with $10-$20 million or so guaranteed. The supply, along with the fact that the salary cap will essentially remain flat this year and it isn’t likely to go up much in 2014, will force many of them to set their sights considerably lower.
The Redskins probably are not shopping for players of the caliber of Clady, Long, or Albert and others on the list are not all fits for the Redskins’ zone-blocking scheme. But that doesn’t really matter. If oversupply pushes down the price for the top talent, there will be ripple effects into the second and third tiers that will help the Redskins afford a decent tackle.
With Jammal Brown now off of the roster, the Redskins have a number of options at right tackle. They could bring back Tyler Polumbus, last year’s starter who is now a free agent, at a reduced rate. If they choose to go younger at the position they already have Maurice Hurt and Tom Compton.
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