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Coach Cable why aren't we going after LOT Jared Gaither?

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The O-Line is yours Coach and, after taking a hard look at our Offensive Tackles, I'm compelled to ask why we haven't signed Jared Gaither who is arguably one of the League's top 6 LOTs, in the ranks of Cleveland's Joe Thomas, Miami's Jake Long, New England's Sebastian Vollmer, New York Jet's D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and possibly Baltimore's Mike Oher.

Jared Gaither signed his tender, a one-year, $2.4 million contract w/the Ravens, on June 7th.

Let's be honest with ourselves, our OTs are our weakest link on the entire team. Mario Henderson, we are told, will do much better this season (with the departure of the 'five-pat-qb who shall remain unnamed). But are we so confident as to risk another 2009 performance at this crucial position? Is the health of Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski to be placed in Henderson's care? We heard your lament about the scarcity of OTs, that they are in short supply vs. the need for them; but, here's one that will upgrade us instantly!

In truth, I've more faith in Langston Walker and Khalif Barnes (who did play fairly well in both NY games and against StD-2) than I do in Mario. Still, these Tackles have never performed at the level of Gaither. Meanwhile, Eric Pears is plain horrible, and the indiscreet Dutch-Treat is a rookie.

We recently addressed a sore need at DT by signing John Henderson (Thank you!) but the team upgrade job's not finished - it's still necessary to fill our other deficiency by acquiring a proven OT. Why not bring in a genuine upgrade at OT now - before training camp begins?


Look at this man. He clearly is someone who has been scorned by the very team he served faithfully. His hysterical injury is not excusable but understandable. When Baltimore switched Oher to LT and moved Gaither to RT, Jared coincidentally "injured" his foot (immediately upon hearing the news).He is now 100% - at least physically - though feeling betrayed by his team. This guy's mind is in the right place to be a Raider - he's good and pissed off.

What is Hue Jackson's take on this athlete? Hue would certainly know Gaither very well as the one most responsible for protecting Joe Flacco over the past three seasons.

Ht: 6' 9" Wt: 330 Age: 24
Born: 3/18/1986, White Plains, MD
College: Maryland
NFL Experience: 4th season
Drafted: 2007 - Rd 5

Let's get him, Coach! He's easily worth the $2.4 million.