NFL Free Agency 2013: Top RT Clabo To Hit The Market

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The Kansas City Chiefs could use a right tackle and it looks as though the Atlanta Falcons are about to make one available.

The Falcons are set to release RT Tyson Clabo, according to Clabo’s agent via Twitter.

This appears to be a salary cap move. Like the Chiefs, the Falcons are close to the cap and need to make some moves to create some breathing room so they can sign their draft picks.

The Chiefs should definitely take a look at Clabo. He graded a +22.2 by Pro Football focus in 2012. He gave up only five sacks on the season and did well both run blocking and pass blocking. Of the five sacks he gave up, three came in one bad game against the Panthers, one came against the Chiefs and another against the Broncos. Clabo gave up zero sacks after Week 4. Clabo was the 14th ranked tackle, right or left, in the NFL in 2012.

Clabo has been consistently good his entire career. His worst PFF grade in any season was still above +17.

Tyson Clabo is 31 and will turn 32 so he certainly isn’t a long-term answer for the Chiefs at RT. Still, with the release of RT Eric Winston, KC needs a starter and I am not sure Donald Stephenson is ready yet.

Clabo figures to draw a lot of interest. The Chiefs also don’t have a ton of cap room so they may not be able to afford him.

What do you think, Addicts? Should KC go after Tyson Clabo?

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  • chiefridgy

    Yes….pick him up

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.small.12 Matthew Small

    http://playerratingspro.com/madden-13-offensive-line-ratings he’s rated better than Andre Smith, so I say trade Albert and sign him.

    • berttheclock

      One difference between Clabo and Andre Smith is, while, AS is the better run blocker, Clabo is the better pass protector.

      • Jim Harper

        And Andre is going to command even more money.

    • Danny W

      Andre is only 26 years old though so his best years are probably the years a head of him. I’d say Clabo is going to hit his wall this year.

  • Matt Dickson

    Good stopgap signing which would allow Stephenson more time to develop and play the important role of backup/ swing-tackle.

    Signing Clabo would also make trading Albert and then drafting Joeckel that much easier, freeing the Chiefs of having to draft a second OT in later rounds.

    Joeckel and Clabo as bookends for the next 2-3 years with Stephenson as the backup would look really good. The 2nd rounder we pick up for Albert could be used to get a really good player since they’ll be so much starting caliber talent in this year’s 2nd round.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    There’s also the option of restructuring Hali’s deal. He’s a $15 million cap hit in 2013. If they can get that number down they’ll have room to sign him. Clabo’s a Top 12 RT in the league. I’d take him for the right deal. If we do, that’d all but guarantee that we draft Joeckel or Fisher. Keep that in mind.

    • Danny W

      Why would drafting a RT guarantee a tackle? I would think the inability to deal Albert would keep that from happening.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Because it simplifies our tackle situation. As it currently stands, we have a left tackle for 2013 (who won’t play at another position along the line) and the #1 pick (where left tackle will be one of the best ways to get the most value out of the 1.1 selection). So without a right tackle, you’re forced to move either Joeckel or Fisher to the right side. And pay a right tackle like a left tackle (at least for 1 year).

        With an RT… You won’t have the right side to worry about and you can lower your trade demands, move Albert, and draft the LT to replace him.

        • Jim Harper

          Stacy you are on fire today! Excellent thoughts!

    • Jim Harper

      That is a great idea! They need to find money somewhere!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Sayers/100000003344833 Joe Sayers

      I don’t think it makes sense to mortgage more of the future by redoing Tamba’s contract this year. The team is already on the hook with him for an 11.5M cap hit next year (with 6M dead money then, as well). These restructurings just tie our hands in the future. Have you seen what has happened in Oakland? The Chiefs have to live within their budget.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Salary Cap Hell is never created from restructuring one contract. It takes years to do the kind of damage Oakland did. They can simplify the problem by re-working his deal and giving him more money as a “signing bonus.” That way, only a portion of it counts against the current year’s cap.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Sayers/100000003344833 Joe Sayers

          Right, and the portion of said bonus not allocated to the cap this year increases his already large cap numbers next year and beyond. Every dollar supposedly saved is actually coming from future cap years. I know teams do it all the time and to some degree it seems unavoidable, but the bill will come due. And when it comes due, its free agency for Tamba and the Chiefs get to eat all the dead money associated with his contract.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            It’s common practice in the NFL. Every team does it to some degree. Some more than others. I’d prefer we spread the money more evenly over the next three to four seasons. $26m in cap hits over the next two years? Ouch.

            Remember teams can also spread dead money over two years if a player is cut after June 1.

            It should also be noted that the cap will be even higher in 2014.

  • berttheclock

    He was cut to save the $4.5 M owed him. Ireland is sending all sorts of mixed messages in Miami. His latest appears to read he is putting his check book away. Winston thinks he still will be signed by Ireland, but…… Meanwhile, the Bolts need a RT and may be thinking they can pickup Winston at a cheaper price than Clabo. However, the major problem for the Chiefs is the cap. Kind of funny when one remembers the many posters at the Star who blasted Hunt for being too cheap. Now, the Chiefs are starting to run out of cap room.

    • berttheclock

      Speaking of cap room, Bill Williamson quoted John Clayton over at ESPN AFC West about the Raiders getting out of the cap hole in 2014. Great point about Al Davis in his declining mental years ruining the Raiders by “wildly over spending in free agency and very poor drafting”, as Clayton observed. Really bad combo in professional sports. The Raiders are, currently, left with the fewest home grown first round picks on their team. The over spending even cost the Raiders from keeping potential stars, as well.

    • NathanaelL

      shows how much the star really knows about Hunt. The star really just likes ti cry a lot.

    • mattU

      A big part of the Chief’s cap situation is that Tamba Hali has a $15.5 Mil hit this year. Personally, I’d rather see them move him and pick Dion Jordan to take his place instead of trading Branden Albert and drafting Joeckel. Hali has been very good, but I don’t think he’s 3rd highest cap-hit in the AFC good.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Move him? No way! Just restructure his contract.

        • mattU

          I was eluding to my preference that I’d rather have Dion Jordan and Branden Albert than Luke Joekel and Tamba Hali. If Hali will restructure that could mean the possibility of Albert sticking around is better.

    • micah stephenson

      Dont you haft to spend more money this year? Besides after last yr Hunt needs to spend a lil more to get the wins and ticket sales back up.

      • Jim Harper

        True enough but he can only spend what the cap limit will allow. We’ve never been in this situation before so despite these uncharted waters it is kinda cool that Clark has almost overspent. So much for being a tightwad eh? Kudo’s Clark!

  • Trevor Gooding

    Sign Clabo and then we can draft Jordan, but what im wondering is why they released him in the first place ?

  • Danny W

    Can’t afford him right now. Letting Eric Winston go was a bad choice in my opinion. It’s the only thing thus far that I haven’t like what the new Chiefs brass have done. Why they created a need where there wasn’t one I’m not sure. I think I would rather have Andre Smith anyway I do believe he’s younger and could serve in the roll much longer. .

    • Franklin Law

      Just a thought. I like Winston but I think there is a reason that he was released by us and the Texans that we may not be privy to…also the fact that he is still on the market and someone hasnt snacthed him up says something.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I think it says something too, but it’s difficult to say what that is. Bear in mind that quite a few teams have spent most of their available cap space. Quite a few teams, not unlike the Chiefs, will have to do some restructuring to add new contracts this close to the draft.

      • Danny W

        I think your right that it does say something that he’s still out there.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      It’s only bad because it created a need where we already had a talented and relatively young player in place. We can’t gloss over him not fitting Reid’s system though. Reid likes drive blockers. That’s not Winston’s strength. He’s a ZBS guy.

      • Jim Harper

        I think it is also a possibility that he is too outspoken. Last year his mouth was a distraction.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          He doesn’t really have that history with the new regime though. If memory serves, he’s only spoken publicly once since they took office.

      • sidibeke

        That was my thought: it doesn’t seem like Clabo fits Reid’s system any better than Winston did.

  • Chief Hokie

    Sign calabaloo so we can draft Geno or ansah in the first.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Those two players have actually become my personal favs if we stay at 1.1. Jordan’s not big enough to put a hand on the ground. Ansah could with a good weight program.

      • Jim Harper

        Right on Stacy! Ansah is the perfect answer to losing Dorsey and shore up this defensive line for years to come. Clabo would be a great fit if we can afford him. I am real unclear where we are in cap space, but unless we can trade Albert then I don’t think there is enough dough, and if that happens then we are right back to drafting a LT. Anyone know our current cap number?

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I think it’s right around $5.5-6.5 million (available).

          • Jim Harper

            Just read on Arrowhead Pride by Joel that as of this morning our cap number is $4.1 mil. It will cost us approx $7 mil to sign draft picks. Now restructure of Hali’s deal might get us there, but the best way would be to get Albert traded thereby getting that $9.8 mil back in cap space. We may need to come off that 2nd pick and get this done before draft day.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That number seems low. Spotrac has us at $5.1m, but they also don’t have Tommie Draheim’s contract figured in. Seems odd that a guy like that would carry a $1m cap hit though. That would put him in the company of players like Javier Arenas, Jeff Allen, and Geoff Schwartz. Draheim was undrafted and is on his fifth team since 2012. No way he’s going to be a $1m cap hit in 2013. I looked and couldn’t find the terms of his deal. May not be available yet.

            My unofficial calculations were closer to what Spotrac has.
            Guess we’ll see when Draheim’s contract numbers are available.

          • Jim Harper

            Just going by what Joel reported

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I know. Don’t take that as a direct challenge. I didn’t intend it that way.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Sayers/100000003344833 Joe Sayers

            We don’t need to do anything to sign the draft picks. The signings will displace 8 players from bottom of the 51 man roster, so the team will get about $4M in space automatically. The Chiefs need about $7.5M for the draft signings, so at this point the team is in good shape.

  • ArrowFan

    Why would Atlanta not want to keep him, he looks like a stud and the 4.5 mill is not that much for a stud RT. What was Winston getting?

  • Outback Chief

    I think it doesn’t matter because someone on our team or about to be drafted will be the RT

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Mark my words. Albert will play RT and we will draft Luck. Albert will played where told. He will not sit out. I would only take a late 1st for a trade.

  • Brody Hall

    Does this guy go threw waivers first?

  • Jamie Denton

    As far as re-structuring contracts and such to make room for draft picks, I watch a show that I believe is available on kcchiefs.com all year as well as on tv during the season called chiefs insider, and they had a discussion on one of the past shows with Mr. Dorsey about allocating funds, and the way he explained it on the show is the funds for the draftees are put back before free agency even starts. So if this is true there is a certain amount of funding set back for our draft picks already. now with that being said I do not know how they can know in advance exactly what they plan on paying each pick, but I am sure they have some figure in mind!

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