Free-Agent Offensive Tackles
A listing of the offensive tackles scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is sorted by rankings from Scout.com's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
|BEST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
Pace is an unrestricted free agent every year, and
the Rams use the franchise tag on him. Still one of the top left
One the top left tackles in the NFL, free agent or
need to bring him back.
Two-time Pro Bowl tackle, but production was down
in 2004. Could
be available if the Eagles decide to save money.
Has experience playing all the positions across the
college and played mostly at left tackle in 2004 while with the
Solid young right tackle that may not be back due
to the Colts¹
cap problems. Not overly athletic, but adequate.
Strong, but has poor agility. Detroit must decide
to keep either
Dominic Raiolo or McDougle. McDougle is not a Matt Millen pick,
favors players he's drafted (Raiolo).
Developed into a solid right tackle for the Jets.
May be available,
as the Jets may not want to spend a lot of money on a right
30-year-old right tackle who will probably not be
2003 second-round pick Jon Stinchcomb and Wayne Gandy will be the
top two tackles
going into camp, and the Saints need to upgrade in other areas.
Riley is a
good run blocker and would work well in a run-first style
offense. Has major
Will be 34 during the coming season. Has been a
good tackle for
years but his skills are in decline.
A decent run blocker, but struggles against
defenders with leverage.
Durability concerns. Back-up caliber.
Good blocker, but is slow and gets beaten by faster ends.
|Comment: Undersized, but tough tackle getting long in the tooth. Could provide quality depth along the line, but not viewed as a starter.|
The Steelers will give 2004 third-round pick Max Starks the right
tackle position going into 2005, and would like to bring back
Ross, an average
right tackle, for depth. Ross may get better offers on the open
Big durability concerns. Poor power and strength
Getting old. Poor conditioning. Journeyman.
Will more than likely retire.
|REST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
Backup that was suspended four games for violating
abuse policy in '04.
Regarded as a sloppy underachiever that has good
Liability in pass protection but good run blocker.
Raw, pass-protecting tackle that has some character concerns.
Great size, poor athlete.
Decent size, but needs to improve technique.
Big, physical offensive lineman. Started one game in five years.
Has good size and athleticism but lacks strength and
Career backup, only started 21 games since 1994.
2005 Free Agents: Offensive Tackles
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