posted at 12/6/2012 9:07 PM EST
In response to mthurl's comment:
In response to dapats1281's comment:
He will definitely have a market. There are too many teams with oline deficiencies.
Here's an interesting idea though:
Should the Pats sign Jake Long instead of Vollmer?
Both are injury prone, but when completely healthy, Jake Long is a top 3 LT. Not too often you see a franchise LT on the open market.
Lets just say Long will get twice as much as Vollmer on the open market.
If it works out, you have an All-Pro at LT, and you have a pretty good RT in Solder
If it doesn't work out, you keep Solder at LT and play Long at RT. If Long is injured all the time, then you risk the guaranteed money
I guess it depends on how risk adverse you are. It's a huge risk. I am not a huge fan of paying big bucks for a FA...but Oline is different, let alone LT. Oh, and imagine what could happen if Scar got to coach him a bit. Long is still very young and could potentially anchor the line for years to come.
They'll probably just go for Vollmer. But it's an interesting thought.
Interesting outside the box thinking. I don't think I'd do it for a couple of reasons...one, can Solder play right? Two, if Long is a health risk as well...why go out on a limb and lock up that kind of money when you already have a left tackle playing well for cheap?
Really if it weren't for Vollmer's back we wouldn't be having this discussion, but unfortunetly that back thing is something to worry about. In the end I'd probably just take a risk and sign the guy that I knew...Vollmer. And he would be cheaper too.
mthurl, dont believe wed move solder. long is not an outstanding Lt, but would be an outstanding rt. long would get paid less as a rt (so hed have to be willing to do it before id get him). but again this is discussion if bb thinks solders back issue will be indefeninte making his performance subpar for him and putting him out of games several times a year. i wouldnt pay a lot for that nor want that in a starting tackle at any pay.