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2012 NFL Free Agents: Offensive Tackles

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2012 Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2012.
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  1. Jared Gaither, OT, Chargers. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Chargers (4 years)

    Jared Gaither was amazing down the stretch in relief of Marcus McNeill. If Gaither is completely over his back issues - a big if - then he'll be one of the best tackles in football going forward. Having said that, he'll be a risky signing for any team because his back could flare up without warning.

  2. Eric Winston, OT, Texans. Age: 28.
    Signed with Chiefs

    Eric Winston is a talented right tackle who would be a great fit for any team running a zone-blocking system. He surrendered seven sacks in 2011, but four came when T.J. Yates was inserted into the lineup, so that number is inflated. Winston's best trait is his reliability; he hasn't missed a start since 2006.

  3. Marcus McNeill, OT, Chargers. Age: 28.
    Marcus McNeill is a top-tier tackle if healthy. The problem is that he's missed 12 games in the past two seasons. In addition to two knee surgeries, McNeill had a serious neck injury that knocked him out for the year in 2011. McNeill will be a high-risk, high-reward signing.

  4. Demetress Bell, OT, Bills. Age: 28.
    Signed with Eagles (5 years, $35 million)

    Demetress (formerly Demetrius) Bell, base-born in Philadelphia, surrendered just one sack in six starts last year. Bell has had knee issues throughout his career, so while the Bills should re-sign him, they should also be careful.

  5. Levi Brown, OT, Cardinals. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Cardinals (5 years)

    Levi Brown has played poorly throughout most of his Cardinal career, though he did perform better toward the end of the 2011 season, perhaps knowing that he'd be a free agent this spring.

  6. Jeff Backus, OT, Lions. Age: 34.
    Re-signed with Lions (2 years)

    Jeff Backus is a good at run blocking, but he was guilty of 11 penalties and seven sacks this past season. He turns 35 in September, so he obviously doesn't have much left in the tank.

  7. Kareem McKenzie, OT, Giants. Age: 33.
    Kareem McKenzie has been a very good right tackle for a long time, but he just had a miserable season. Whether that's because of eroding talent or a troublesome knee is unclear.

  8. Geoff Schwartz (RFA), OT/G, Panthers. Age: 26.
    Signed with Vikings (1 year)

    Geoff Schwartz played well in 2010 at both right tackle and right guard, but he missed all of 2011 with a hip injury.

  9. Anthony Collins, OT, Bengals. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Bengals

    Anthony Collins has always played well when called upon in relief the past couple of years. He could start on some teams.

  10. Max Starks, OT, Steelers. Age: 30.
    Max Starks did a solid job protecting Ben Roethlisberger's blind side in 2011, but suffered a torn ACL against the Broncos. Recovering from that at his age and weight (340 pounds) will be quite a challenge.

  11. Barry Richardson, OT, Chiefs. Age: 26. -- Signed with Rams
  12. Brandon Keith, OT, Cardinals. Age: 27.
  13. Breno Giacomini, OT, Seahawks. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Seahawks (2 years, $6 million; $1.5 million signing bonus)
  14. King Dunlap, OT, Eagles. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Eagles
  15. Khalif Barnes, OT, Raiders. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Raiders
  16. Guy Whimper, OT, Jaguars. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Jaguars (2 years, $5 million)
  17. Chad Clifton, OT, Packers. Age: 36.
  18. Tony Pashos, OT, Browns. Age: 32.
  19. Pat McQuistan, OT, Saints. Age: 29. -- Signed with Cowboys
  20. Stephon Heyer, OT, Jets. Age: 28.
  21. Artis Hicks, OT, Browns. Age: 33. -- Signed with Dolphins (1 year, $2 million)
  22. James Lee, OT, Buccaneers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Redskins
  23. Corey Hilliard (RFA), OT, Lions. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Lions (1 year, $1.26 million)
  24. Oniel Cousins, OT, Browns. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Browns
  25. Trai Essex, OT, Steelers. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Steelers
  26. Tony Ugoh, OT, Giants. Age: 28. -- Signed with Chiefs
  27. Mike Otto, OT, Titans. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Titans (2 years)
  28. Dennis Roland, OT, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Bengals
  29. Brandyn Dombrowski (RFA), OT, Chargers. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Chargers (1 year, $1.26 million)
  30. Lydon Murtha (RFA), OT, Dolphins. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Dolphins (1 year, $1.927 million)
  31. Tony Moll, OT, Chargers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Redskins
  32. D'Anthony Batiste, OT, Cardinals. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Cardinals
  33. Kirk Chambers, OT, Falcons. Age: 33.

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@What???? 03-12-2013 07:13 pm (total posts: 3)
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Following up on your points about Clady, Pro Football Focus gave him a +26.9 rating last season which was the best among FA OT. Or, as we already knew, when you compare what Walt says to real insight by professional, you realize that Walt is a freaking moron concerning football.
Steve 03-11-2013 02:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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I wrote this earlier but it must have been deleted? Jermon Bushrod cannot pass block, yet he was an all pro in 2011? I would be happey if the Eagles could add him to their roster. Then they could play him at RT and move Herremans back to Guard,where he belongs....
OlSkool1972 03-07-2013 03:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Skins fans need to turn off their inner Vinny Cerrato when it comes to Eric Winston. Let somebody else give a guy turning 30 who has been released twice in a year another big contract.
Alex 03-06-2013 10:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think the fact the Chiefs released Winston proves that they are going to draft Joeckel and either start him or Branden Albert at RT next year.
Topchief 03-06-2013 11:08 am (total posts: 1)
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With all due respect, it's stuff like this that makes you think there truly is an anti Chiefs bias on this site for some reason, in spite of Walts class with Tamba Hali in college.

This is the first season that Branden Albert has ever dealt with back issues, and while you write that he cannot be counted on to play 16 games, he's missed a grand total of 4 games over his first 4 seasons in the league.

I don't expect people who have to give equal coverage to all teams to know certain things about every single team that the fans might (i.e. breaking down Alex Smiths terrible 3rd down passing and intermediate throws to validate what a bad trade it was), but it just takes a little googling to see how many games Albert played.
tha funk 02-12-2013 12:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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I find it funny you call Andre Smith a premier tackle when on TNF Brandon Graham absolutely destroyed him
Mike 02-09-2013 08:02 am (total posts: 1)
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Bell rates better than Dunlap who ably replaced him in the line-up at LT. That doesn't meet the eyeball test. Bell was horribly bad. Dunlap was at least almost servicable.
Packer Backer Steve 02-07-2013 05:36 am (total posts: 1)
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I have another un-GM Ted Thompson move to consider for the Green Bay Packers. We desperatly need an upgrade at LT - the Packers are drafting way too low to select an impact LT.

(Note: IMO, the focus in round one should be on Alabama C / G Barrett Jones. An upgrade focusing on the long term is need at that position as well.)

Okay, so here is my suggestion. If it makes financial sense, why not take a long look at LT Jake Long? He might cost some money but we need to keep QB Aaron Rodgers upright. The Packers OL allowed something like 55 sacks in 2012-2013 - that is unacceptable.

WHAT??? 01-20-2013 02:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ryan Clady.... All Pro & Pro Bowler, Ryan Clady, is just a 3 and 1/2 star Left Tackle? Da ganja be strong in Walter Land.

Ryan Clady is a 4 1/2 star to 5 star LT (one of the best in football), he's a good run blocker and an exceptional pass blocker, and we're going to pay the man some PAYPAH! Bank!
Jake Long? 01-19-2013 01:45 pm (total posts: 3)
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He hasn't "regressed just a bit" at this point, he's turned into a negative player. Pro Football Focus gave him a -0.3 rating this season.

Come on Walt, leave the analysis to places like PFF and Football Outsiders that actually know what they're talking about.
Thomas Bell 01-18-2013 05:38 am (total posts: 1)
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The Chargers need an OT via FA and draft an OT, but there cap is about 8.5 mil so its probably going to another season of Clary playing RT.
giants fan 08-16-2012 06:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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anyone who thinks mckenzie didnt have a terrible year last year is crazy, just watch the 9ers playoff game. walt is on the money with this one
Raider fan 06-27-2012 06:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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The raiders need a major upgrade a RT because khalif barnes sucks(our RT bergstorm will play LG) they should have kept stephon heyer not only can he block he can catch(if you remembered in the preseason against the saints he caught a pass for a 1st down)
BuddyGarcia 04-30-2012 06:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why hasn't anyone signed Tray Allen OL, TEXAS?
jets fan 04-21-2012 02:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jets should sign Marcus McNeail to a short 2 year prove you still have something left contract and play him on the right side

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