The New England Patriots still have one final free agent of the “Big Three” on the market in right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and he is expected to stay with the Patriots for at least another season. Most people are tabbing Vollmer to come back on an Aqib Talib-esque, one-year deal, and that’s largely because it seems like Vollmer’s market has been quite dry.
The Patriots are taking a look at Plan B options whilst Vollmer continues to decide on offers, and it seems like Vollmer is waiting for a team to give him left tackle money. I’m guessing he is looking at Jake Long‘s deal as a barometer for what he will get, as Long likely set the market for LTs. In my opinion, Vollmer won’t get anything near what he is hoping for.
After signing Will Svitek as an emergency option and quality backup to help build depth at offensive tackle (a position that could really use some depth), the Patriots reportedly showed interest in former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans solid right tackle Eric Winston, per Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe.
Bedard notes that the interest was “not very serious”, and that the Patriots were just doing their “due diligence” and “kicked the tires” to see what Winston wants. The Patriots will most likely end up keeping Vollmer, but it always pays to have a backup plan. I have a strong feeling Eric Winston signs in the AFC East but with the Miami Dolphins instead. An AFC West team in the San Diego Chargers also showed interest in Winston.
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