Any number of teams would be wise to pick up free agent Clabo

Tyson Clabo, cut by the Falcons this week, had started 16 games each of lsat five seasons. (USATSI)
Tyson Clabo, cut by the Falcons this week, had started 16 games each of lsat five seasons. (USATSI)

The Falcons made a surprise move this week when they cut their starting right tackle, Tyson Clabo, for salary-cap reasons. Clabo told Bob Papa on Sirius Radio that he had a conversation with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and was told he was willing to restructure his contract, but a few days later he was released.

Clabo is an interesting player and I could make the case 15 teams need to think about signing him.

Clabo is a 31-year-old tough guy who brings his lunch pail to work every day. He said he never missed an offseason workout in his career. Beyond that he has started 16 games a season for the last five years and has 101 starts as a Falcon. In those starts he has been whistled for seven holding calls and just two false starts in the last four years.

If your favorite team needs an attitude guy who brings a lot of passion to the field, not only on Sundays but at practice, Clabo is your guy.

Now, take a look at the starting right tackles for the following 15 teams and the salary-cap space these teams have to get a deal done. There's no doubt Clabo's entry into the free-agent market will affect the pursuit of employment for two other right tackles, Andre Smith and Eric Winston.

Arizona, Bobby Massie, $9.7 million in cap space

Buffalo, Erik Pears, $15.4 million

Carolina, Byron Bell, $6.3 million

Cincinnati, Dennis Roland, $25.9 million

Dallas, Doug Free, $5.0 million

Detroit, Corey Hilliard, $6.2 million

Houston, Derek Newton, $3.8 million

Jacksonville, Cameron Bradfield, $27.2 million

Kansas City, Donald Stephenson, $4 million

Miami, Will Yeatman, $9.2 million

NY Jets, Austin Howard, $12.5 million

Philadelphia, Todd Herremans, $22.9 million

San Diego, Jeromey Clary, $6.3 million

St. Louis, Rodger Saffold, $829,000

Tampa Bay, Demar Dotson, $25.4 million

Saffold is in the last year of his deal and doesn't really want to play right tackle. The Chiefs have Donald Stephenson pegged as a starter right now, because Branden Albert has a $9.8 million franchise tag and will not show up for the offseason program. Herremans is a very good guard and the Eagles line would be solid with him back at OG.

 
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