Back when mid-season reports broke that the Vikings were in talks with right tackle Phil Loadholt I opined that they need not rush into a blockbuster deal with a simply above-average option that played better during his contract year, especially with a whole lot of options existing in free agency and the Draft.
A Pro Football Talk article recently confirmed that this notion exists in NFL front offices. With so many tackle options, especially right tackle options, set to be available to teams there seems to be little reason to shell out the big money.
Loadholt is not a bad option moving forward, especially with continuity always acting as an added bonus, but he is far from the only option.
Left tackle isn’t going to be a priority this offseason, with Matt Kalil looking like the real deal, but things are unsettled on the right side and towards the bottom of the depth chart. Lets take a look at what options exist:
1. Sebastian Vollmer, NE
You are going to see most rankings have Jake Long or Ryan Clady in this spot, but they will demand left tackle money, and the Vikings are set on the left side with Kalil holding down the post. It isn’t that Kalil or one of these guys couldn’t play on the right side, it’s that the Vikings probably don’t want to pay them to. Vollmer is arguably the best right tackle in the NFL and will demand a fair amount of money, but in my mind would present a clear upgrade over Loadholt.