Thursday, April 4, 2013
Clabo likely to get interest in AFC West
By Bill Williamson
Three teams in the AFC West have questions at right tackle and thus, all are surely talking notice that Atlanta has cut Tyson Clabo.
Clabo is considered an above-average player and he is particularly strong in run blocking. Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego all have questions at the position.
I think Clabo be a better fit in Kansas City or San Diego than Oakland. He is a zone-blocking player. Both the Chiefs and Chargers will run, at lead, some zone-blocking schemes. Oakland is moving away from a zone-blocking scheme.
San Diego is considering Eric Winston, who was cut by the Chiefs. He’d replace Jeromey Clary, who is considered a replaceable starter; the problem for Clabo in San Diego may be money. Winston would likely come cheaper. The Chargers haven’t paid a bunch of money this offseason and they could be reluctant to pay for a player where they already have a starter while they have other needs.
Kansas City’s situation is up in the air. If they keep Branden Albert, they may take Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher at No. 1 and make them the right tackle. If Albert is dealt, Joeckel or Fisher would play their natural spot, at left tackle. Also, the team signed Geoff Schwartz to compete with Donald Stephenson at right tackle if the hole exists during camp. Clabo would be a big upgrade. But the Chiefs are nearly out of money after filling many holes this offseason.
While Clabo would fit in the division, finding the perfect fit may be difficult.