Rock Sexton wrote:
It's sad that this is what has come to pass ..... but Shefter is right, we cannot justify tagging him for $15.4 million. Praying Martin surprises me in the next four games to make the decision even easier.
I'm in the same boat. I'm hoping Martin can play solid these last four games and show enough to allow our staff to look for a right tackle in next years draft. Martin was a solid LT in college, and I have to admit that he looked the best he has all season when Long went down. Could be something to do with who he was going against. But we'll have to wait and see. This week against the 49ers is a perfect chance to see what the kid has. He'll get to see some pretty good pass rushers in Mario Williams and Justin Babin down the stretch as well. Should be a good chance to evaluate his future potential at LT.
As for Long, I too just can't see us tagging him at $15M. That would kill our cap space and limit our ability to keep rebuilding the roster. Giving him a long term deal is also pretty much out of the question considering his injury history and declining play as of late. I just can't see Long taking less than $10M a season. I know someone else is going to roll the dice on a perennial pro bowler. Guys like that just don't hit the market all that often. But hey, if we at least throw an offer out there we'll get a compensatory pick in return. Not that a 3rd round pick will replace Long, but it at least helps.