I pointed this out a few weeks ago when Walter had Steelers drafting ILB in the first. DL or TE would be in play as well. They could do with a really dominant NT, and depending on how they view Jesse James long term then they could be looking for Heath Millers successor.
What I wrote last year: "A monstrous run-blocker. Michael Turner should buy Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo new homes for the lanes they opened up this season." Unfortunately, Dahl suffered an Achilles injury in the middle of the season.
Chester Pitts, G, Seahawks. Age: 31. Re-signed with Seahawks
Chester Pitts is a quality guard, but he's coming off a very nasty knee injury. He may not be 100 percent in 2010.
Chris Kuper (RFA), G, Broncos. Age: 27. Re-signed with Broncos (1 year, $2.5 million)
A down year for Chris Kuper, who struggled in Josh McDaniels' new system. Kuper allowed five sacks in 2009.
Russ Hochstein, Broncos. Age: 32. Re-signed with Broncos (2 years, $3.5 million)
A solid backup, Russ Hochstein was forced into the lineup for 10 starts and played relatively well.
Wade Smith, G/C, Chiefs. Age: 29. Signed with Texans (4 years, $12 million; $6.25 million guaranteed)
Wade Smith played well down the stretch. He can fill in at both guard and center.
Pretty mediocre in pass protection, but a solid run-blocker.
Randy Thomas, G, Dolphins. Age: 34.
Randy Thomas is a very good run-blocker, but he's 34 and missed all of 2009 with torn triceps.
Richie Incognito (RFA), G, Bills. Age: 27. Signed with Dolphins (1 year)
Featured in a story that sounds like it came right out of the Emmitt on the Brink, Richie Incognito was criticized for sitting out a 2008 game for a fake illness. Jim Haslett was so frustrated that he actually slapped a candy bar out of Incognito's hands on the sideline. If Incognito can't find a job, perhaps he and JaMarcus Russell can start the Eating on the Sidelines Appreciation Society.
Alan Faneca, G, Jets. Age: 33. Signed with Cardinals (1 year, $2.5 million)
It's not often you see a Pro Bowler cut a couple of months later. Alan Faneca can still run block somewhat well, but he's completely lost in pass protection.