2013 Cap hit for all OTs on roster ($17.160m) – 16.05% of team spend Players under contract: Michael Roos (6’7”, 320) – 30 years old 2013 Cap Number - $7.5m ($6.0m salary + $1.5m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – UFA David Stewart (6,7”, 315) – 30 years old 2013 Cap Number - $7m ($5m salary + $1m roster bonus + $1m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $6.4m (voidable year) 2015 Cap Number – UFA Mike Otto (6’5”, 310) – 29 years old 2013 Cap Number - $2.075m ($1.7m salary + $0.375m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – UFA Byron Stingily (6’5, 313) – 24 years old 2013 Cap Number – $0.58m ($0.55m salary + $0.03m SB pro-rata) 2014 Cap Number – $0.67m ($0.64m salary + $0.03m SB pro-rata) 3 burning questions 1. Is the team willing to re-up Roos’ Contract? Our Left Tackle only has one season left on his deal and is scheduled to be an UFA next year. The Franchise Tag is definitely a possibility (likely to be a relatively affordable $9.5m), but if Britt has a breakout year, they may want to use it on him too. Roos’ is 30 and although he is still playing at a high level, the Titans don’t want to get themselves into a situation where they have an albatross of a contract if he declines quickly. Which leads us to - 2. Is Mike Otto really Roos’ long term replacement? Otto is considered a valuable backup for the Titans and in 2013 his salary is set to jump from $700k to $1.7m. He has started 5 games filling in for Roos over the past 3 years and has performed admirably, however he is only 1 year younger than Roos, so I can’t see him having much more longevity. 3. What are the terms of Big Country’s voidable year? I don’t have any insight into whether or not Stewart’s voidable year is likely to be triggered or not. If so, it means he will be a free agent as well after the 2013 season and we better start working our long term strategy for both him and Roos in a hurry. Free Agency: I can’t see any reason why we would target a high profile free agent, but a cheaper, younger guy to battle with Otto is a possibility. I could also see them targeting a guy that can play both right tackle and guard. Sam Baker Andre Smith Corey Hilliard Geoff Schwartz (T/G) Tyler Polumbus Potential Draft Targets: I think the only way we see a tackle drafted early this year is if they are comfortable the guy they select can play at Guard as well, and swing outside later to provide long term insurance for either Roos or Stewart leaving. 1st Round Targets NIL 2nd-3rd Round Targets DJ Fluker, Alabama (OG) Kyle Long, Oregon (OG) Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin (OG) 4th and later Menelik Watson, Florida State (OG) David Quessenberry, San Jose State (OG) Favorite Draft Prospect = Menelik Watson, Florida State (4th-5th Round) Summary If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Presuming Stewart returns from injury next season, our starters are set at Offensive Tackle. However, the contract situations mean we can’t ignore this position entirely. We have been fortunate to have true stability at the Left Tackle position for a long time with Hopkins and then Roos. We aren’t far away from having to find the next guy for that position and we need to hit another home run. My take I think in general the Titans are comfortable with their back-up OTs in Otto and Stingily, but it concerns me that with the massive woes we had at guard in 2012, neither of these guys got any playing time inside. If neither of them are versatile enough to play inside, then I could see their roster spots in some question. I like Schwartz from Minnesota as a versatile back-up that won’t break the bank and wouldn’t be surprised if we make a play for a guy like him. I also think Otto’s contract situation means he isn’t totally safe. A guy like DJ Fluker, who is listed as a tackle and projects to a Right tackle or guard in the pros, would hold a lot of interest for me in the 2nd round.