Now To Get Cutler Offensive Lineman

Now that the Bears have their wide receiver in Roy Williams, they need to focus their attention on finding big angry men to protect Jay Cutler. From Yahoo Sports, here's a list of available lineman.

20. LT Charlie Johnson(notes) – Hasn’t been as consistent as Bushrod, but is more experienced. Don’t think for a second that the Colts really want to let him go.

21. LT Jeremy Trueblood(notes) – Again, it’s not often that capable offensive tackles get to free agency. Like Bushrod and Johnson, Trueblood isn’t an All-Pro, but he’s a good pro.

22. G Davin Joseph(notes) – Hasn’t quite achieved everything expected of him, but he has been a solid player and he’s still young (27). On the offensive line, that’s enough.

26. LT Doug Free(notes) – Like Bushrod, Free is a former fourth-round pick who has turned himself into a solid left tackle, even if he’s simply not that good an athlete for the spot.

34. RT Tyson Clabo(notes) – Not many guys work their way from being undrafted to the practice squad to the Pro Bowl. That said, Clabo is not capable of playing left tackle.

35. G Harvey Dahl(notes) – Like teammate Clabo, Dahl is a former undrafted guy who has made a career for himself. However, right guards are really not that hard to find.

38. RT Sean Locklear(notes) – Another offensive tackle who can’t play the left side, but is reasonably athletic for the right side. He may not be great, but he’ll get paid.

39. LT Matt Light(notes) – Has it really been 10 years of watching Light use his middling skills to become one of the most consistent left tackles in the game? Yes, and he has a few more in him.

40. RT Damien Woody(notes) – This guy is proof that you don’t have to be great to make a lot of money in the NFL.

47. C Olin Kreutz(notes) – He’s only 34, but there’s 13 years of NFL trench play on that body. Kreutz is one tough hombre, but he wants to finish as a Bear.

53. LT Jared Gaither(notes) – The talent is there for him to be better than guys like Bushrod and Trueblood, but a combination of injuries and attitude have gotten in the way.

73. C Chris Spencer(notes) – Pretty good player, overall, but hasn’t lived up to the expectation that went with being a first-round pick.

86. G Deuce Lutui(notes) – If he could keep his weight under control, Lutui could be a great player. However, he’s constantly pushing 400 pounds.

98. G Trai Essex(notes) – One of the many complete mediocre offensive linemen that the Steelers have collected over the past five years. Prototype JAG (“Just A Guy”).

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Tags: 2011 nfl free agency

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