Monday, August 15, 2011

One Team's Trash is Another's Treasure

Some teams get excited about new players that join their teams after leaving other teams. The Chiefs and their fans are happy with the additions of Kelly Gregg and Le’Ron McClain. And now they’ve added Jared Gaither.

Judging from the performances of their offensive tackles during the Thursday night preseason game in Philadelphia, the Ravens could use some reinforcements at offensive tackle. It would seem that they’ve given up on Oniel Cousins as a tackle (and rightly so) and they are now giving him a shot at guard. That leaves Michael Oher, Jah Reid and Ramon Harewood to man the offensive edges. It is unlikely that the team will start the season with those three only.

And that makes the Ravens decision to abandon Jared Gaither even more interesting. Terms of his deal with the Chiefs have not been disclosed but it is believed to be a one year deal and generally speaking those don’t often push past the $3M mark.
If they could trust Gaither even a little bit, wouldn’t that deal be worth the risk given the team’s depth issues at the position?

Apparently the uninspired, late- for-meetings and weight lifting sessions, somewhat injury prone tackle persuaded the Ravens to answer, “No!”


Jerry B said...

The Ravens got this one exactly right, TL! Maybe the "light" will go on for Gaither in Kansas City, but I doubt it. He lived up (down!) to his reputation as an unmotivated "slacker" in college and there is no reason to believe this "leopard" will suddenly change his spots. What a waste of talent! Looking at the Ravens' OL, I recall how porous it was last year, but they still made the playoffs and but for some really inept coaching on both sides of the ball, would have gone further. The talent overall looks better this year, Pagano will not make the mistake of playing "soft" in pass protection that Mattison made and with the addition of Leach and Ricky Williams, Cameron appears to be resurrecting the "three-headed-monster" that was so successful in Flacco's rookie year, that he completely abandoned it! So, purple kool-aid notwithstanding, they will be a contender once again! By the way, the secondary is beginning to shape up as daunting with Pollard and Reed at safety and probably Williams and Smith at CB backed up ably by Carr, Webb, Nakamura and Zibby! As Chuck Thompson would have said, "Go to war, Miss Agnes"!!!