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Excellent Trade Idea: Baltimore’s LT Jared Gaither

Baltimore Ravens have a great left tackle in Jared Gaither, who also happens to be a Restricted Free Agent tendered at the first and third round levels. According to Rich Tandler and Jason LaCanfora, the Redskins could step in and acquire the rights to Gaither this offseason at a bargain.

Tandler had this to say on the matter:

Gaither, a restricted free agent, carries a tender that calls for first- and third-round picks for a team wanted to sign Gaither to an offer sheet. But the Ravens can choose to take less than that and LaCanfora believes that they might accept as little as a second-round pick for Gaither’s rights.

The Redskins hold the fifth pick of the second round. They also happen to be in desperate need of a quality left offensive tackle.

Gaither fills the bill. The Ravens tabbed him in the fifth round of the supplemental draft in 2007. In 2008 he was the starter at left tackle for a team that played for the AFC title. Last year he started 11 games at left tackle, missing two games with a neck injury and three more with an injured foot.

Despite the missed games, one has to think that the Redskins should seriously consider making a deal for Gaither if LaCanfora is right and the price is a second-round pick. They certainly will not find a better player than Gaither with the 37th overall pick.

I’m somewhat in agreement on this one — Gaither is not a project player. He is an experience LT that played on a brutally tough football team that knows how to win. And not only that, he stepped into 2008 and had a very good year. In 2009 he had a great year.  He knows how to protect, block — the whole sha-banga-bang.

He also makes a damn good brunch

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So what do you think?

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