Washington Redskins Free Agency GM: Offensive Tackle Edition

Tyler Polumbus has been the right tackle for your team for two years straight, fix this problem immediately or you are fired.

The Offensive Line was a sieve last season for multiple reasons.  An injured QB, a historically bad special teams unit, and an encore performance from Tyler and the Turnstiles formed DC's version of an Open Door Policy.  Amazingly, the interior of the line was so porous, that RT Tyler Polumbus was not even the worst lineman last season.  But when the front door is standing wide open, why go to the side of the house?

On the other side of the line at Tackle, we have the polar opposite.  Trent Williams is an elite, Pro Bowl Left Tackle, who has gotten better every year he's been in the league.  The Redskins have been looking to find a bookend tackle to pair with Williams since he was drafted without much luck.  They drafted Tom Compton in 2012 in the 6th round, and have been working to prepare him for a starting job on the line.  He spent his rookie year on the practice squad, and earned a roster spot last season as the swing tackle and the only back up tackle on the roster.  Offensive Line coach Chris Foerster said Compton needed to work on his strength when he entered the league, and he has made steady progress towards earning a more prominent role on the line.

The question remains, how can we fix the offensive line this season, and keep Robert Griffin III upright and healthy?  Tom Compton will be given an opportunity in training camp, and there is a chance Jay Gruden drafts bigger linemen this year to replace some of Mike Shanahan's undersized line.  But another option is signing an experienced Offensive Tackle to bring some stability and experience to the right side of the line.  Here are a few of the options available in free agency this year.

Offensive Tackle Options:

1. Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens:

Age: 27(28 in May)

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 315 lbs

Michael Oher's had an up and down career in Baltimore and has bounced back and forth between left and right tackle.  He claims to like playing Right Tackle more, and that's where he will get interest in the free agency marketplace.  He's struggled alot in recent years and people will question how much of an upgrade he would be over Polumbus, and at what cost.  Oher is someone to look at if he is available after the market price is set and several OTs have been signed by other team's.




2. Anthony Collins, Cincinnati Bengals:

Age: 28

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 315 lbs

Collins will definitely be on Jay Gruden's radar after being on his offensive line for the last 3 years.  He has been a backup, and replacement starter for most of his career, never starting more than 8 games a season in his 6 years in the league.  He has experience playing right and left tackle, and could be looking to find a starting left tackle job.  Last season, he allowed 0 sacks in his 8 starts, and the Bengals reportedly want him back to play Left Tackle.  If he is looking for Left Tackle money, he is going to be out of the price range.  The Redskins are still expected to pursue him, but there will be competition.




3. Rodger Saffold, St Louis Rams:

Age: 25

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 332 lbs

Saffold is another offensive linemen who will probably be out of the Redskins price range, and seeking left tackle money.  He has versatility on the line, able to play Guard and the Tackle positions.  He is young but has an injury history that will make some team's wary of investing big money in him.  Saffold has only started 16 games once, and that was in his rookie season 4 years ago.  Last season, he didn't allow a sack in 557 snaps played with 6 of the games played at guard.  in 2012, playing tackle, he only allowed 2 sacks in 621 snaps over 10 games.



4. Eric Winston, Arizona Cardinals:

Age: 30

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 302 lbs

The annual we should sign Eric Winston cries are getting weaker and weaker every year.  Probably because he continues to move from team to team, and that brings up the question: If he is so good, why are team's not keeping him around?  Winston signed a 1 year deal with the Cardinals who had major problems on their offensive line the previous year, and did not have his best year.  But he did start the entire season for the Cardinals. If his contract demands have come down from last year, he will once again be on the radar.



5. Marshall Newhouse, Green Bay Packers

Age: 25

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 319 lbs

Newhouse lost his starting job last season after starting 16 games in 2012.  He was played at guard due to injury on the Packers line, but has experience at both tackle positions.  Newhouse struggled when he was in the lineup last season, allowing 2 sacks, 4 QB hits, and 12 hurries in 139 pass-blocking snaps...Not good.  Newhouse will be allowed to test the free agent market, and could a cheaper option than most of the other tackles listed.  If he can improve his play and come at the right price, the Skins could look at him to compete to replace Tyler Polumbus this season.
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