Michael Oher most likely will be the starting left tackle for the Carolina Panthers through the 2019 season. As long as he doesn't suffer an injury between now and Week 1, he will be the first player since Jordan Gross to start for the Panthers at left tackle in consecutive seasons since 2013.
The left tackle is an important position and NFL teams have had to spend a lot of money due to the fact they are expected to protect the blindside of the starting quarterback. This was something Oher did very well last season.
Last year, the former first round pick was a pleasant surprise for this offense as he started all 19 games for the Panthers last year. The organization rewarded him with a long-term deal however the Panthers are the ones that may benefit the most agreeing to a reasonable contract with the veteran tackle.
The chart below breaks down key parts of the three-year contract extension worth $21.6 million and how it ranks compared to the other contracts at the position, according to Spotrac.
|Amount||Rank Among LTs|
|Guaranteed Amount at Signing||8,000,000||22nd|
This was a deal that benefited both parties as Oher for the first time in his career has a firm grasp on the left tackle position and is expected to play there for the next few seasons. As Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus tweeted, Oher has alternated to different sides of the line every season before 2016.
The Panthers meanwhile have their answer at the position for the next few seasons. They were able to do it on a cost-effective deal and one that won't hurt their salary cap in the coming years.