2016 NFL Free Agents: Offensive Tackles

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2016 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2016.
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  1. Cordy Glenn, OT, Bills. Age: 26.
    Franchised by Bills

    Cordy Glenn has evolved from a second-round pick into one of the elite left tackles in the NFL. Glenn isn’t great in terms of run blocking, but no pass-rushers get by him. He’s going to command a huge contract.

  2. Ryan Schraeder (RFA), OT, Falcons. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Falcons

    Ryan Schraeder has emerged as one of the NFL’s top right tackles. He’s an exceptional pass protector. Just 28 in May, he still has at least four strong years remaining.

  3. Russell Okung, OT, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    Signed with Broncos

    Russell Okung is certainly one of the most physically gifted left tackles in the NFL, but he definitely has an extensive injury history that is weighing his ranking down.

  4. Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Browns. Age: 27.
    Signed with Chiefs (5 years, $33 million)

    Mitchell Schwartz didn’t play very well in 2014, and there was even some speculation that he would be moved to guard. Schwartz silenced those criticis this past season, performing on a Pro Bowl level. Removed from Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme, Schwartz thrived, and should continue to do so in the right system.

  5. Donald Penn, OT, Raiders. Age: 33.
    Re-signed with Raiders (2 years, $14 million)

    Donald Penn has been one of the better blind-side protectors over the past couple of years, making him an absolute steal for the $9.6 million contract he signed two seasons ago. Penn will command more money this offseason, but there’s a downside now, which is that Penn turns 33 in April.

  6. Kelvin Beachum, OT, Steelers. Age: 27.
    Signed with Jaguars

    Kelvin Beachum is a talented left tackle who would be rated a bit higher than this if he wasn’t coming off a torn ACL that he sustained in mid-October. There’s a chance he could be available for the 2016 opener, however.

  7. Andre Smith, OT, Bengals. Age: 29.
    Signed with Vikings (1 year)

    It’s hard to tell what happened to Andre Smith. He used to be a stout right tackle, but his play has dropped off the past couple of years. He’s been mediocre, at best, since 2014. Perhaps he’ll be able to rebound.

  8. Joseph Barksdale, OT, Chargers. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Chargers

    Joseph Barksdale was the one constant in San Diego’s battered offensive line. He’s not great, but he’s a pretty steady right tackle with no weaknesses in his game.

  9. Eugene Monroe, OT, Ravens. Age: 29.
    Announced retirement

    Eugene Monroe is a very talented left tackle who would be ranked as a four-star free agent if he didn’t have any health issues. Unfortunately, that’s why the Ravens have gotten rid of him. Monroe has constantly been banged up in Baltimore, missing 15 games the past two seasons. He’s still 29 though, so with plenty of time to rebound, some team should take a chance on him with a small contract.

  10. Jermon Bushrod, OT, Bears. Age: 32.
    Signed with Dolphins (1 year)

    The Bears signed Jermon Bushrod to a ridiculous $36 million contract a few years ago. He wasn’t bad, but definitely did not live up to his contract. He’s a strong backup at this point in his career.

  11. Will Beatty, OT, Giants. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Giants

    Will Beatty would be ranked higher than this if he could stay healthy. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as he missed all of 2015 with a shoulder injury. Beatty, 31 in March, doesn’t have much left in the tank.

  12. Jake Long, OT, Falcons. Age: 31.
    Signed with Vikings

    I’d probably have Jake Long at 1.5 stars and write-up-less if he didn’t happen to be such a big name. Long used to be a mega talent, but injuries wrecked his career, unfortunately.

  13. Bobby Massie, OT, Cardinals. Age: 27. — Signed with Bears (3 years, $18 million)
  14. Ryan Harris, OT, Broncos. Age: 31. — Signed with Steelers
  15. Byron Bell, OT, Titans. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Titans (1 year)
  16. Jordan Mills (RFA), OT, Bills. Age: 25. — Re-signed with Bills
  17. Chris Hairston, OT, Chargers. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Chargers
  18. Donald Stephenson, OT, Chiefs. Age: 27. — Signed with Broncos
  19. Tyler Polumbus, OT, Broncos. Age: 31. — Announced retirement
  20. Eric Winston, OT, Bengals. Age: 32. — Re-signed with Bengals (1 year)
  21. Khalif Barnes, OT, Raiders. Age: 34.
  22. J’Marcus Webb, OT, Raiders. Age: 28. — Signed with Seahawks
  23. Chris Clark, OT, Texans. Age: 30. — Re-signed with Texans
  24. Don Barclay, OT, Packers. Age: 26.
  25. Alvin Bailey (RFA), OT/G, Seahawks. Age: 25.
  26. Sam Young, OT, Jaguars. Age: 29. — Signed with Dolphins
  27. Jamon Meredith, OT, Titans. Age: 30.

  28. Jeff Adams (RFA), OT, Texans. Age: 26.
  29. Bradley Sowell, OT, Cardinals. Age: 27. — Signed with Seahawks
  30. Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Chargers. Age: 29. — Signed with Jaguars
  31. LaAdrian Waddle (RFA), OT, Patriots. Age: 25. — Re-signed with Patriots
  32. Byron Stingly, OT, Steelers. Age: 27. — Signed with Giants
  33. Brandon Mosley, OT, Giants. Age: 27.
  34. Matt McCants (RFA), OT, Raiders. Age: 27. — Tendered by Raiders (6th)
  35. Nate Chandler, OT, Panthers. Age: 27. — Signed with Bears
  36. Bryce Harris, OT, Falcons. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Falcons
  37. Nick Becton (RFA), OT, Bears. Age: 26.

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