Friday, April 5, 2013
At least two teams after Clabo
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: We've got our first hints as to the identity of the next team for whom veteran RT Tyson Clabo will play.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Clabo has heard from Jacksonville and Dallas already. Others may get involved in the bidding, so there's no sense that this will be a quick decision for the Wake Forest product.
In order to provide themselves with some additional cap space (possibly to work out a new deal with QB Matt Ryan), the Atlanta Falcons are releasing starting RT Tyson Clabo, according to his agent Chad Speck. So where will he play next?
The market for other RTs this offseason hasn't been that brisk. Sebastian Vollmer re-signed with the Patriots, Phil Loadholt is back with the Vikings and Andre Smith is in the process of re-signing with the Bengals. Meanwhile, Eric Winston has yet to find a new team. Gosder Cherilus is the lone exception, having landed a five-year, $34.5 million deal with the Colts.
There are a number of teams that could use the upgrade that Clabo would provide. Adam Caplan of the Sideline View argues that nine clubs -- Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Arizona, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Oakland and Philadelphia -- are all in the process of examining the position on their roster.
Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange makes note of the fact that Clabo has played under current St. Louis OL coach Paul Boudreau, so we'll keep an eye on the Rams here, too. Jake Long is locked in to their starting LT spot, but there is great uncertainty regarding the future of Rodger Saffold.
As for Atlanta, this decision means that we could see them using a draft pick at OT, unless they're comfortable with Lamar Holmes or Mike Johnson filling in.