Another veteran right tackle on the market?

There aren't any sure-fire solutions in the Vikings' quest to upgrade their offensive line at right tackle, but a recent veteran hit the market to avoid paying an imminent bonus.

Veteran tackle Shaffer worth a look?

Another experienced starter at right tackle hit the open market on Thursday with the release of Cleveland Browns lineman Kevin Shaffer.

Shaffer originally signed a lucrative contract the Browns in 2006 and started at left tackle.  After drafting Joe Thomas with the third pick overall in 2007, Shaffer slid over to right tackle where he has started every game the past two seasons.

But according to our sister site,, Shaffer was an expensive signing for then-GM Phil Savage, who signed the Falcons tackle to a six-year deal with $12 million in guaranteed money.

The Browns will save $1.455 million of cap space by cutting Shaffer, but they will also assume $4.56 of "dead" cap space due to bonuses rolled forward into this year.

“After being part of one of the league’s best offensive lines in 2007, Shaffer’s performance ebbed in 2008, in part, perhaps, due to the loss of Ryan Tucker at the right guard position next to him,” according to the report.  “The combination of Rex Hadnot and Shaffer manning the right side was visibly less effective than the year before.

Still, a look at his numbers from STATS LLC, he committed just one penalty (false start) for 5 yards and allowed 4.5 sacks in 15 games last season.

Compare that to Ryan Cook, who started for the Vikings last season.  Cook committed 8 penalties for 50 yards and allowed 6.0 sacks in 14 starts last season.

Shaffer might not be a true long-term solution for Minnesota at right tackle, but it appears he might at least be a modest upgrade heading into the NFL Draft.

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