Sizing up free-agent market for OTs

Identifying team fits for the top offensive tackles on the open market

Updated: March 10, 2014, 6:28 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Eugene MonroeDavid Banks/Getty ImagesWill the Ravens be able to re-sign offensive tackle Eugene Monroe?

A season ago, the Chiefs made a last-minute effort to lock up wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a multiyear contract extension before the window closed on assigning the franchise tag, freeing up the tag to use on Branden AlbertFree agency for Albert would have to wait a year.

This offseason, the Raiders opted not to use the franchise tag on Jared Veldheer, the ascending small-college product who returned from an early-season triceps injury to start the season's final five games at left tackle. Unlike Albert, Veldheer doesn't have to wait for free agency. It's here.

Those two scenarios bolstered what is arguably the top-heaviest offensive position group this offseason on the eve of free agency.

Based on reported interest and an examination of need and fit, let's make sense of the offensive tackle free-agent class, sizing up top players and team fits for each -- plus look at a few teams that would be wise to sit back in free agency and wait until the draft to add an offensive tackle.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.