SJSwarm wrote:Meh, I think even if the cap was $200M people would rather pay an OL rookie scale than pay an underperforming vet lots of money. Historically, top college OL's translate to the pro game better than probably any other position in year one. There is no 3rd year OG leap LOL. This is a super deep class of OL's, and none of the names that are being dumped are more than middle of the pack performers.
This is what the Patriots generally do. Every once in a while they'll pay an interior lineman top-tier money, but they're just as liable to let that top-rated player walk and bring in a rookie (or multiple). I'm betting they'll be letting Thuney walk after Franchise Tagging him last year.
Generally, it has seemed to work out, but I wouldn't say interior OL guys are interchangeable like RB's. Without a good C and Guards, the O-Line gets wrecked easily.