Veteran tackle Pace could hit the market
Pro Football Talk reports that, “according to a league source, the [St. Louis] Rams are ‘trying like hell’ to trade [Orlando] Pace.”
At the NFL scouting combine, coach Steve Spagnuolo said only that the Rams would do what's best for the team with regard to those two players. GM Billy Devaney said he didn't know what would happen with Pace. “It's to be determined,” Devaney said last week.
Injuries limited Pace to eight games in 2006 and only one in 2007, but he came back to start 14 games last season. But the Rams are obviously building for the future and looking to go younger.
The Rams' ability to trade Pace is greatly hindered by the fact that he’s currently due to earn $5.975 million in 2009, $7.175 million in 2010, and $8.375 million in 2011.
It appears inevitable that Pace will indeed be cut by the Rams. Will the Vikings pursue Pace? It has to at least be on their radar. He’s had injury problems but played most of last season. He’s played left tackle his entire career, but could easily move to right tackle, where the Vikings are looking for help. If the wear and tear on his body still enables him to play, Pace can still be a dominant force, especially as a run blocker. He should also be more than able to hold his own at right tackle after spending his entire career on the left side. Much will depend on what Minnesota’s pro scouts think of Pace, and what their medical staff has to say about his health and durability.
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