New York Jets right guard Brandon Moore has consistently been one of the top right guards in the league. He’s bruising in the run game and nearly perfect in the pass game, which is one of the reasons it’s so hilarious that Mark Sanchez is bad: you can’t blame it on his offensive line. It’s actually somewhat impressive that Moore has developed into such a successful player; he was originally a defensive lineman who got converted to the offensive line out of necessity. This is typically a difficult transition, and we saw J.R. Sweezy struggle mightily with it up in Seattle this past year. Regardless, Moore has been consistently good, which makes it a bit perplexing that he’s received almost zero media attention this offseason.
The Jets dreaded cap situation means they’d have to kiss some of their more desirable unrestricted free agents away, so it’s not too much of a surprise that he’s gone. There are, however, several teams that would benefit from his presence. Arizona, Indianapolis and Chicago in particular come to mind. His talent shouldn’t be in question. If one wants to reference the buttfumble as to a question of his talent, I would remind one that he was blocking Vince Wilfork one-on-one that play – a very difficult assignment. His age isn’t particularly a matter of concern either; he’s only 32, and guards typically play in the league for longer than other positions. The question arises: is Moore asking for too much money? The answer is irrelevant, because I haven’t actually heard of any teams hosting him for a visit. He’d be a decent pickup for the Patriots – he’d start over Dan Connolly in a heartbeat – but the team is trying to get younger, not older, so I don’t see that happening. Whichever team ends up signing Moore is probably going to get a decent bargain.
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