2008 Free Agency Preview: Offensive Tackles

Who are the top offensive tackles?...Is this a deep position in free agency?...Are there any sleepers at the position that will become available?...Details inside.

Offensive Tackles Who Should Compete for a Starting Role

Jordan Gross/Carolina Panthers (UFA) - The team is expected to use their franchise tag on him. But the debate has been whether he should play the left side or the right. Some league insiders believe he'll be a better blind side protector for a right-handed quarterback. The team re-signed LT Travelle Wharton so Gross will stay at RT.

Flozell Adams/Dallas Cowboys (UFA) - The mammoth lineman can be a devastating run blocker but he's been way too inconsistent over the years still. He's certainly in the upper half of all left tackles in the league.

Sean Locklear/Seattle Seahawks (UFA) - Locklear has proven to be a solid pass blocker but isn't a top end run blocker.

Stacy Andrews/Cincinnati Bengals (UFA) - The team placed their franchise tag on him and he'll eventually take over at RT for Willie Anderson. Andrews was raw coming out of college but has steadily improved in all facets of his game.

Offensive Tackles Who Could Receive Interest in a Backup Role

Fred Miller/Free Agent (UFA) - He was released by the Chicago Bears recently. Miller, who turned 35 earlier this year, is probably looking at a backup job at this point of his career.

Maurice Williams/Jacksonville Jaguars (UFA) - He was highly touted coming out of college but Williams never lived up to the hype. He's capable of playing both tackle spots so that should help him garner some interest.

Max Starks/Pittsburgh Steelers (UFA) - He lost the right tackle job last season to Willie Colon and is probably looking at a backup job with another team.

Kwame Harris/San Francisco 49ers (UFA) - The former first-round pick never lived up to his lofty draft status.

Kyle Turley/Kansas City Chiefs (UFA) - He's probably looking at a backup job at this point in his career.

George Foster/Detroit Lions (UFA) - He struggled in Mike Martz's system and lost his starting job. He still could find a starting job somewhere else.

L.J. Shelton/Free Agent (UFA) - He was released by the Miami Dolphins. Shelton is capable of playing either tackle spot so that will help him get some attention as a backup.

Cornell Green/Oakland Raiders (UFA) - Green started 10 games mostly at right tackle but he can also play at guard. However, the journeyman lineman is probably looking at a backup job.

Jason Fabini/Washington Redskins (UFA) - Fabini can play either guard spot or right tackle so his versility should help him find a backup job.

Wayne Gandy/Free Agent (UFA) - He was released by the Atlanta Falcons recently. Gandy, who turned 37 earlier this month, could be a team's backup left tackle at this point in his career.

Mike Rosenthal/Miami Dolphins (UFA) - He's a valuable backup tackle at this point in his career.

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