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  • Top 10 OL Free Agents from PFF

    1. Cordy Glenn, OT (85.0)

    2015 team: Buffalo Bills
    Cordy Glenn is not a name that gets mentioned when discussing the best offensive tackles in the game, but he has had four solid years as a starter and has been the only consistent Bills’ offensive linemen over that span. Outside of a poor performance in Buffalo’s season finale against the Jets, Glenn had the best season of his short career. He graded as the ninth-best tackle in the league, and seventh in pass protection, where he allowed just two sacks and two hits all season.

    2. Kelechi Osemele, G/OT (79.6)

    2015 team: Baltimore Ravens
    In his first full and healthy season at guard in 2014, Osemele had a breakout year that put him among the best left guards in the league. His strength is in the run game, but that doesn’t diminish his success as a pass protector. Over the past two regular seasons, Osemele has had just two below average games as a pass blocker—one of which came while playing tackle—and he’s averaged fewer than one pressure allowed per game when at guard. And while Osemele is best-suited to play guard, he offers proven positional versatility that none of the other top offensive line free agents can provide by being capable of playing either tackle position if needed.

    3. Kelvin Beachum, OT (79.4)

    2015 team: Pittsburgh Steelers
    If not for his torn ACL, Beachum might have been even higher on this list. The former seventh-round pick was the fifth-highest graded tackle in 2014. He allowed just 19 total pressures on 687 snaps in pass protection, and his pass blocking efficiency of 97.5 ranked third among tackles that season. He was a bit more up and down during his brief stint in 2015, but still earned a good pass-blocking grade and an average run-block grade. The ACL injury is a concern, but his upside when healthy is as good as any of the free agents, and he’s still just 27 years old.

    4. Mitchell Schwartz, OT (86.6)

    2015 team: Cleveland Browns
    Schwartz may have been snubbed from Sunday’s Pro Bowl, but he played well enough to earn our second-team All-Pro spot at right tackle. Although he did allow 43 total pressures this season, he also was tied for the most snaps in pass protection with a whopping 705; by comparison, only 15 tackles had more than 600 pass-block snaps. Schwartz has earned a positive overall grade in all four seasons, and is coming off the best season of his career. In addition, Schwartz has not missed a single snap out of 4,427 over his four years in the league.

    5. Donald Penn, OT (84.6)

    2015 team: Oakland Raiders
    Since signing with the Raiders two years ago, Donald Penn has continued to be a reliable left tackle. In fact, he has had a top-10 overall grade in each of the last two seasons, which were also two of his best three years in protection. He has earned a positive run block grade in every season of the PFF era (since 2007). In a league that has a dire need of good pass protectors, a veteran like Penn should be valued.

    6. Richie Incognito, G (90.0)

    2015 team: Buffalo Bills
    Prior to Incognito’s suspension in 2013, he had earned positive grades in both run and pass blocking for six consecutive seasons. Despite being out of the league in 2014, he returned to the field and had the best season of his career. His +35.0 overall grade was second behind only Marshal Yanda among guards, and he played every offensive snap for the first time in his career. At 33 years old, Incognito is probably not a long-term solution at this point, but he could still help shore up the interior offensive line for many teams.

    7. Evan Mathis, G (89.6)

    2015 team: Denver Broncos
    Mathis is not the elite player he was a couple years ago, but even with a new team and injuries to start the season, he once again earned the highest run-blocking grade among guards. He arguably had his worst season in pass protection, but he still allowed just 19 pressures during the regular season and ranked 19th out of 82 guards in pass-blocking efficiency. Despite being the oldest player on this list, Mathis could be a great option for a team looking for a short-term solution in a heavy zone-blocking run scheme.

    8. Ryan Schraeder, OT (87.0)

    2015 team: Atlanta Falcons
    Schraeder got significant playing time for Atlanta in 2014, and as much as the offensive line struggled to stay healthy, he showed some promise at right tackle, particularly as a pass blocker. He built upon that success this season to finish with the second-highest overall grade at right tackle after Schwartz. He had just two negatively-graded games in pass protection, with one coming against Houston, where he surrendered (only) one sack and two hurries to J.J. Watt. His 97.2 pass-blocking efficiency this season was second among tackles only to perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas. One downside for teams courting Schraeder is that he is the lone restricted free agent among the top offensive linemen, so it may take more to pry him away from Atlanta than most of the other options.

    9. Brandon Brooks, G (66.7)

    2015 team: Houston Texans
    Brooks’ performance slipped a bit this year, but prior to it, he was a top-10 guard in his first two seasons as a starter. He has done well in a zone-blocking scheme in Houston, and had the fifth and third-best run block grades in 2014 and 2013, respectively. Brooks has allowed three sacks in as many years as a starter, and is coming off his best season in pass protection, with a +8.3 cumulative pass blocking grade. Brooks would be a good option for a team looking for a younger guard that could be a long term option, particularly one running a lot of outside zone, but does not want to shell out as much money that Osemele is likely to command on the open market.

    10. Stefen Wisniewski, C (72.5)

    2015 team: Jacksonville Jaguars
    Wisniewski is going to hit free agency for the second year in a row after signing a one-year contract with the Jaguars last spring. He performed better than his last season in Oakland, but this year was still a bit below his best years in 2012 and 2013. Pass protection is his strength, and he’s graded positively in four of his five seasons as a pro. Wisniewski is not an elite center, but he is one of just 13 centers who had an above-average overall grade in 2015 out of 40 qualifying players. Wisniewski has also been extremely reliable throughout his career, missing just 19 snaps over five years.




    Last edited by So Be; 01-27-2016, 02:39 PM.

  • #2
    Nothing like seeing 2 former Dolphins in Cogs and Mathis on the list of TOP FA Guards... both are 2 old to be much more than stop gap for a season or two at this point. No idea why we didn't sign Wisniewski last off season on the cheap. He would have allowed us flexibility and good insurance behind Pouncey or allowed us to move Pouncey to Guard. Thanks again, Joe Philbin...

    Glenn, KO, and Penn should all be targets...

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    • #3
      I would be looking for Brooks and, depending on an Albert move, Penn or Beachum.

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      • #4
        We should get Cogs back just to say &@?! You Philbin!
        The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.

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        • marino4ever
          marino4ever commented
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          I second that motion

        • 61finfan
          61finfan commented
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          hellz yeah

      • #5
        lol... Cogs won't be back... be a PC nightmare and a huge distraction. That ship has passed.

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        • Dolfan1
          Dolfan1 commented
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          That was the same thought I had. As much as I'd love to have Richie back, the media circus it would create would be unbearable and I don't think Richie would want to go through all that crap again.

      • #6
        Sign Kelechi Osemele, G/OT - Donald Penn, OT and Evan Mathis, G - Then either restructure Albert, trade him or let him walk. He is really good but costs a lot of money and is now injury prone.

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        • #7
          Brov

          I really like Jeff Allen from KC...young kid (26) comes from a heavy running O (KC) and graded out as a top 20 player....which would be an ideal landing spot. I think he you can put him at either LG or RG. Then I would also sign Mathis to a nice contract.

          I'm done fixing the Oline for starters.

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          • #8
            LT Kelvin Beachum: Beachum, 26, greatly outplayed his seventh-round draft billing, earning three-year starter honors at left tackle before tearing his ACL in Week 7 at Kansas City. Beachum offsets lack of size for the position (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) with good footwork and hand placement. The Steelers tried to re-sign Beachum before the 2015 season but both sides could not reach an agreement on a contract. Intriguing project Alejandro Villanueva acquitted himself well in 11 starts. The Steelers face a difficult decision with Beachum. They can let him walk while committing to the cheaper Villanueva, or they can re-sign him to compete at left tackle or guard, offering positional flexibility if Ramon Foster walks. Hard to tell what they will do this early, but there’s no reason Beachum shouldn’t make a smooth recovery on his injured knee. My sense is he’ll be back in some capacity. Maybe Beachum wants a one-year "prove it" deal to drive his value up.

            IF Albert is moved (doubtful), he would be of interest. Hard to say what kind of deal he will get coming off the injury and being 26. I had not thought of him playing OG for a year until reading this.

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            • #9
              I would target OG/OT Kelechi Osemele. He would be a huge upgrade at LG and his ability to play either OT position is crucial since its likely that he would have to at some point if either Albert or James gets injured. He is probably the only starting caliber free agent o-lineman that we can afford to sign. I would then draft another o-lineman.

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              • So Be
                So Be commented
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                KO is looking at around $8M a year and has not been an OT. I like Beachum better between the two. Brooks will likely be out first option though.

            • #10
              Yes KO has played OT for the Ravens.

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              • So Be
                So Be commented
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                Yes but as a stop gap. Beachum is a LT who can fill in at OG until Albert gets hurt or next year.

            • #11
              I would still rather just sign KO since we need upgrades at OG and he can play OT at a much better level than Jason Fox was able to. We could also move Turner back to OT and draft another OG.

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