Sizing up free-agent market for OTs
Identifying team fits for the top offensive tackles on the open market
A season ago, the Chiefs made a last-minute effort to lock up wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a multiyear contract extension before the window closed on assigning the franchise tag, freeing up the tag to use on Branden Albert. Free agency for Albert would have to wait a year.
This offseason, the Raiders opted not to use the franchise tag on Jared Veldheer, the ascending small-college product who returned from an early-season triceps injury to start the season's final five games at left tackle. Unlike Albert, Veldheer doesn't have to wait for free agency. It's here.
Those two scenarios bolstered what is arguably the top-heaviest offensive position group this offseason on the eve of free agency.
Based on reported interest and an examination of need and fit, let's make sense of the offensive tackle free-agent class, sizing up top players and team fits for each -- plus look at a few teams that would be wise to sit back in free agency and wait until the draft to add an offensive tackle.
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