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.