2005 Free Agent Offensive Tackles

The Seahawks have two decisions to make at tackle - one (Walter Jones) is a virtual certainly. One (Floyd Womack) should be retained...but with so many free agents to re-sign, who knows? Scout.com rates the free-agent tackles for 2005, and provides a list of speculations...

Once again, the Seahawks and All-Pro tackle Walter Jones prepare to face off in the tiresome game of "Franchise Tag...You're It!". Will this be the year that Jones and his agent, Roosevelt Barnes, actually sign on the line? In addition, the team will have to decide whether FA reserve tackle Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack will continue to develop under the tutelage of O-line coach Bill Laveroni. Will second-year tackle Sean Locklear build on his impressive rookie campaign? All signs point to "Yes!" on that one.

If the Seahawks do make changes at the tackle position, there are several options available via free agency. Scout.com's NFL Experts have rated all free-agent tackles, including commentary on the unrestricted free agents.


2005 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
Orlando Pace UFA Rams
Comment: Pace is an unrestricted free agent every year, and every year the Rams use the franchise tag on him. Still one of the top left tackles in the NFL.
Walter Jones UFA Seahawks
Comment: One the top left tackles in the NFL, free agent or not. Seahawks need to bring him back.
Tra Thomas UFA Eagles
Comment: Two-time Pro Bowl tackle, but production was down in 2004. Could be available if the Eagles decide to save money.
Jonas Jennings UFA Bills
Comment: Has experience playing all the positions across the line through college and played mostly at left tackle in 2004 while with the Bills.
Ryan Diem UFA Colts
Comment: Solid young right tackle that may not be back due to the Colts' cap problems. Not overly athletic, but adequate.
Stockar McDougle UFA Lions
Comment: Strong, but has poor agility. Detroit must decide to keep either Dominic Raiolo or McDougle. McDougle is not a Matt Millen pick, who generally favors players he's drafted (Raiolo).
Kareem McKenzie UFA Jets
Comment: 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 tackle.
Victor Riley UFA Saints
Comment: 30-year-old right tackle who will probably not be re-signed. 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 attitude problems.
Tom Ashworth RFA Patriots
Bob Whitfield UFA Jaguars
Comment: Will be 34 during the coming season. Has been a good tackle for years but his skills are in decline.
Ethan Brooks UFA Ravens
Comment: A decent run blocker, but struggles against defenders with leverage. Durability concerns. Back-up caliber.
Floyd Womack UFA Seahawks
Comment: Good blocker, but is slow and gets beaten by faster ends.
Kevin Shaffer RFA Falcons
Jason Matthews UFA Titans
Comment: Undersized, but tough tackle getting long in the tooth. Could provide quality depth along the line, but not viewed as a starter.
Kurt Vollers RFA Cowboys
Oliver Ross UFA Steelers
Comment: 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 market.
Brandon Gorin RFA Patriots
Adrian Klemm UFA Patriots
Comment: Big durability concerns. Poor power and strength despite decent size.
Marcus Price UFA Bills
Comment: Getting old. Poor conditioning. Journeyman.
Matt Willig UFA Panthers
Comment: Will more than likely retire.
REST OF THE BUNCH
Player Free-Agent Type 2004 Team
Jerome Davis UFA 49ers
Comment: Backup that was suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy in '04.
Aaron Gibson UFA Bears
Comment: Regarded as a sloppy underachiever that has good potential.
Matt O'Dwyer UFA Buccaneers
Comment: Liability in pass protection but good run blocker.
Brandon Winey UFA Giants
Comment: Raw, pass-protecting tackle that has some character concerns.
Ed Ellis UFA Giants
Comment: Great size, poor athlete.
Mike Houghton UFA Panthers
Comment: Decent size, but needs to improve technique.
Chad Slaughter UFA Raiders
Comment: Big, physical offensive lineman. Started one game in five years.
Barrett Brooks UFA Steelers
Comment: Has good size and athleticism but lacks strength and motivation/effort. Getting old.
Marcus Spears UFA Texans
Comment: Career backup, only started 21 games since 1994.
Joaquin Gonzalez RFA Browns
Ian Allen RFA Eagles
Victor Rogers RFA Lions
Kevin Barry RFA Packers
Joe Wong RFA Raiders
Langston Walker RFA Raiders
Adam Haayer RFA Vikings
Kirk Chambers ERFA Browns
Lewis Dawson ERFA Browns
Anthony Davis ERFA Buccaneers
Carlos Joseph ERFA Chargers
Greg Walker ERFA Giants
Dave Kadela ERFA Panthers
Brad Lekkerkerker ERFA Raiders
Scott Tercero ERFA Rams
Brian Rimpf ERFA Ravens
Bo Lacy ERFA Steelers

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