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Oh Well. Branden Albert At Left Tackle Anybody?

With Jordan Gross gone, OT is officially now the biggest need. Bigger than keeping Greg Hardy. Bigger than WR. Bigger than CB. The two best free agent OTs on the market: Branden Albert (who has had an up and down career dating back to academic struggles in high school and college) and Eugene Monroe. As to why Kansas City gave up on Albert and drafted another LT a year after giving him the franchise tag, who knows. With Monroe, he was a good player (more like average) but not a great one and the Jaguars wanted an upgrade at the position (though it is odd that the Jaguars, who are horrible everywhere, didn't simply re-sign Monroe take a DL instead rather than pretty much get nothing but a 4th and a 5th for a 26 year old guy that they took #8 in the draft, but hey, that is why they are the Jags).

My fear: the need to replace Gross keeps the Panthers from replacing Byron Bell. That would be horrible. As much as I am a huge fan of Hardy and want the team to improve the WR and CB positions, they are going to have to replace Gross in free agency and make getting a RT their #1 priority in the draft. The upside: if they get a young OT in free agency, they will not have to double dip on OTs in the draft. So there will no longer be any talk of "replacing Byron Bell in the 2nd and getting a young LT to mold in the 4th" type of talk. So, even if it costs the team Hardy, the team can potentially get a long term solution for LT instead of having to fill the position next year.


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