Friday, January 25, 2013
Pondering Vollmer's future
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: Within his breakdown of all the Patriots' impending free agents, Christopher Price of WEEI Radio suggests that Vollmer is a candidate for the franchise tag. For reference, the projected franchise tag value for an O-lineman in 2013 is $9.660 million, per NFL.com.
As with any team entering the offseason, the New England Patriots have a number of decisions to make on impending free agents, and while the process on CB Aqib Talib and WR Wes Welker will likely attract the most attention, there are a slew of other key contributors headed to the market if they remain unsigned in the weeks ahead, as broken down by ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker.
One of the starters with an expiring contract is RT Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer is an interesting case, as he's had his ups and downs on the field, and has had some health problems through his young NFL career as well. Nevertheless, were he to hit free agency, there are multiple teams that would make a heavy push to sign him.
Here's Walker's take on the chances that the Pats bring him back:
James WalkerPreviewing the Pats in free agency
"Vollmer is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He is extremely steady and does an excellent job protecting the front side for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Vollmer also is tough and plays through pain. I think he’s the best right tackle in the AFC East. Vollmer has been a bargain find for the Patriots and he deservedly will look to get a sizable raise this offseason. New England must consider his injury history before committing to him with a long-term contract. "