NFL Lineman Off-Season Movement

Every year monitoring of NFL offensive lineman off-season movement is something to help you get that extra edge.  Plus, sometimes it makes it easier to pick between two players come draft time.  Last year, it was easier having confidence in Doug Martin knowing 6’5″ 249 pound Carl Nicks was going to Tampa.  This year some key tackles stayed home like Ryan Clady of Denver, Branden Albert of Kansas City, Sam Baker of Atlanta and Sebastian Vollmer of New England.  So that bodes well for their respective runners.  The other one that most likely will stay home, if they ever work out his contract, is former Alabama tackle Andre Smith of the Bengals.

If the Rams had an elite running back, it would be important to note that Jake Long is now their starting left tackle.  But Jermon Bushrod going from the Saints to the Bears should really help Matt Forte as he is a solid run blocker.  This along with the Bears once again realizing that they need to give Forte 20+ carries should allow him to have a productive season next year.

Guard play seems to be of more value in today’s NFL than ever before.  Fifteen years ago, all the emphasis was on the left tackle position and then right tackle became more important.  Andy Levitre to the Titans should elevate Chris Johnson’s value a bit and hurt the Bills players.  And Louis Vasquez to the Broncos is awesome for the Broncos as they continue to load up their team.  Peyton Manning is going to love this guy and so will the Bronco running backs.  Vasquez allowed only 2.5 sacks last year, but more impressively he was one of just three starting guards in the NFL to play the entire year without being penalized.  He did that in 1,057 snaps.

Some underrated tackle signings include Will Beatty staying with the Giants, Phil Loadholt staying with the Vikings, and Gosder Cherilus switched from the Lions to the Colts which will benefit Andrew Luck.  Overall, pay attention to the offensive lineman rankings closer to the fantasy football season to see how these players impact them.

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Free Agent Offensive Lineman

Why are these important?  Because they are!  Here is the list of 2013 free agent offensive lineman.  Further discussion to come.  Take a look for now:

Offensive Tackles

Ryan Clady (Franchise Tagged)
Andre Smith
Branden Albert (Signed one-year, $9.828M deal with KC)
Jake Long (Signed four-year, $34M deal with STL)
Sebastian Vollmer (Signed four-year deal with NE)
Eric Winston
Will Beatty (Signed five-year, $37.5M deal with NYG)
Gosder Cherilus (Signed five-year, $34.5M deal with IND)
Phil Loadholt (Signed four-year, $25M deal with MIN)
Jermon Bushrod (Signed five-year, $35.965M deal with CHI) 
Sam Baker (Signed six-year, $41.1M deal with ATL) 
Jared Gaither
Ryan Harris
Winston Justice
King Dunlap (Signed two-year, $3.95M deal with SD)
Chad Clifton
Bryant McKinnie
Max Starks
Will Svitek (Signed one-year, $1M deal with NE)
Tyler Polumbus (Signed two-year deal with WSH)
Sean Locklear
Tony Pashos (Signed one-year, $840K deal with WSH)
Khalif Barnes (Signed one-year, $840K deal with OAK)
Barry Richardson
Jonathan Scott (Signed one-year, $780K deal with CHI)
Jammal Brown
Frank Omiyale
Dennis Roland (Signed one-year, $715K deal with CIN)
Jeff Otah
Brandon Keith
Jeremy Trueblood (Signed undisclosed deal with WSH)
Brandyn Dombrowski 
Demetress Bell 
Guy Whimper 
Wayne Hunter
D’Anthony Batiste
Jason Smith
Mario Henderson
Rashad Butler
Tony Hills
Pat McQuistan
Lydon Murtha 
Corey Hilliard (Signed two-year, $2M deal with DET)

Offensive Guards

Andy Levitre (Signed six-year, $46.8M deal with TEN)
Louis Vasquez (Signed four-year, $23.5M deal with DEN)
Donald Thomas (Signed four-year, $14M deal with IND)
Brandon Moore
Lance Louis (Signed one-year deal with MIA)
Willie Colon (Signed one-year, $1.2M deal with NYJ)
Eben Britton
Jake Scott
Ramon Foster (Signed three-year, $5.8M deal with PIT)
Kevin Boothe (Signed one-year deal with NYG)
Geoff Schwartz (Signed one-year deal with KC)
Matt Slauson 
Stephen Peterman
Leroy Harris
Tyronne Green
Chad Rinehart (Signed one-year, $1.75M deal with SD)
Garrett Reynolds (Signed two-year, $2.5M deal with ATL)
Mike Pollak
Deuce Lutui
Kory Lichtensteiger (Signed five-year deal with WSH)
Antoine Caldwell
Chilo Rachal
Nate Garner (Signed three-year, $4.875M deal with MIA)
Chris Spencer
Rex Hadnot
Vince Manuwai
Rob Turner (Signed one-year, $1.5M deal with TEN)
Chris Williams
Leonard Davis 
Bobbie Williams 
Seth Olsen (Signed one-year, $650K deal with MIN)
Jeremy Bridges