It could come down to
Bushrod and Roach
Bushrod and Izzy
Both Roach and Izzy make about 2 million a season.
Also if we are going to go with the NO protection model then the 2 million dollar difference between Albert and Bushrod would be better spent on the interior.
The NO system does not require OTs of Alberts calibre they require Bushrod and money to be spent at OG.
I don't think Bushrod is a stud, but I also don't want to put all my money in a LT when I need a LG and C as well.
I know traditionally LT is they most important position, but some teams value LG just as much.
The fact that we have to over pay a guy like Bushrod sucks, but it is the post Angelo reality.
We shouldn't have to sign an OT in free agency.
We drafted 2 OTs in the 1st round in the last 5 years and both have been busts. When you wiff on 2 1st round picks you have to go to free agency.
Whether it is 7 million for Bushrod or 9 million for Albert we have to pay the piper for Angelo's failure to draft.
I think we all know that Albert is very likely to be available soon.
Yeah, I do believe that our OT situation isn't as dire as some would believe. Concerning yes, but not irretrievable. If we happen to draft Fluker at 20 there's another RT possibility if needed. I see LG and C as much more pressing needs right now. And if Bushrod was a potentially sign-able FA two days ago, then Albert ought to be today since the cap went up a couple million in the meantime and it looks like KC is prepared to replace him with their #1 draft pick.
Dont get me wrong--I understand your reasoning behind Bushrod but I see it as a very second-best option if we truly want to pursue a FA OT since the cap increase was announced. Go big or don't go at all IMO.
Albert is higher on my list as well, but he is the best LT available and someone is going to pay him and then someone will pay Long, Vollmer and A. Smith. The trickle down affect in my opinion and the sheer number of OTs on the market will lead to a reduced price on a guy like Bushrod.
The cap went up a million bucks yesterday just in time for us to tag Melton and spend it all.
Going into next season with Carimi as your RT would be a huge risk to take and I mean huge. We cannot afford to be helping both tackles and Webb is far from being a solo blind side protector.
What has Carimi done to even be thought of as a potential starter? He has 1 decent game as a rookie and 14 abysmal games as a 2nd year player.
Carimi deserves to compete for a job and see if he can ever get his knee back. But I am relying on him for nothing. This team is in win now mode and I am not risking that trying to salvage some value from Carimi.
We're delusional if we think we don't have to do something like this. I am "hoping" that Carimi and Webb pan out ok. But the more I think about it, I think that's just blind "hope" like old Jessie Jackson spouts "Keep Hope Alive" ......good luck with THAT one. It should be the Bears & Cubs motto. Hope something good happens.
Yeah, have a contingency plan in place sure. I'm all for that. Could be Webb, could be Scott, could be Brown, could even be Fluker if we draft him in the 1st. But let's not put the "bust" label on Carimi yet. He deserves another year to decide that still.