Saturday, March 16, 2013

SOW: Free Agency Preview: Addressing Right Tackle

From Son of Washington


March 12th is nearly here and the Redskins have some big decisions to make as the start of the 2013 NFL calendar year approaches. Currently, the Redskins are around three million dollars over the estimated salary cap of 123 million. They have some serious needs to address during the off-season including tight end, corner, safety and offensive line but little cap money to address those needs. Most importantly, the Redskins need to determine who will be starting at those positions. At this point, the Redskins do not have a starter in place at right tackle.

Jammal Brown’s contract was voided and his career is likely over with a ailing hip that has kept him out of the Redskins lineup during his three years in DC (started only 26 of 48 games). Tyler Polumbus, who filled in for Brown and eventually became the starting right tackle in ’11 and 2012 is a free agent. Also, veteran tackle Jordan Black is a free agent but is likely to retire. Either way, there is a good chance that none of these players will be with the Redskins in 2013.
So with little to no cap room, how can the Redskins find a starting right tackle on the cheap? Well, I’m glad you asked. In all the years the Redskins could use an affordable right tackle, 2013 could be one of the best years to obtain such a player. There is a glut of offensive tackles available in free agency. The draft has a few prospects that could start, fit the Redskins zone blocking scheme and be available when they pick in the second and third rounds. Most importantly, the Redskins have been grooming potential prospects over the past two seasons that they drafted,  are still on their rookie contracts and could be ready to start.
Let’s take a look at some affordable options for the Redskins at right tackle.
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