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Former Raven Michael Oher Signs With The Tennessee Titans


The Baltimore Ravens may have checked off the biggest box on their to-do list when it comes to turning around their offensive line, but today the Tennessee Titans didn’t make their job any easier.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported that the Titans have agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract for tackle Michael Oher, who is a native of the state. The contract includes $9.5 million in guaranteed money.

Both the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers have now lost their 2009 first-round draft picks to four-year deals. Yesterday, defensive end Ziggy Hood came to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a contract worth $16 million.

The Titans, meanwhile, are using the signing to replace veteran right tackle David Stewart, whom the team just released. Stewart was set to earn $6.4 million in salary this season, and have now, presumably, used most of that to sign Oher.

Oher’s deal in comparison to the one signed by Eugene Monroe makes the latter seem even more like a bargain. One of the best young left tackles in the league, Monroe signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal to stay in Baltimore.

Still, the Ravens have a long way to go to make up for what they’ve lost.

I suspect that they will try to replace Oher with third-year lineman Kelechi Osemele, who started all 16 games at right tackle as a rookie in 2012 before moving to left guard for the playoffs, and continuing there in 2013.

The Ravens then have options, albeit not ideal ones, to assume the left guard position in A.Q. Shipley or Jah Reid. Baltimore would also like to improve the center position, with Gino Gradkowski underwhelming in his first season as a starter.

In 2013, Oher surrendered eight sacks and nearly 50 other combined hits and pressures on Joe Flacco in 1125 snaps. His five penalties this past season, amusingly, are actually a career-low by a wide margin. He is the highest-penalized player since 2009.

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  • Brian Tollini

    The Ravens got Blindsided.

  • steelster

    So is david stewart capable of playing left tackle because we need to find a backup one. Mike munchack might want this guy on the steelers.

  • T R

    getting lil upset here. seems Tennesee, Denver, NE and few others are really stacking their teams and Steelers are not doing to much.. .should i be concerned? Damn Browner just signed with NE… :(

  • Tom

    Is Eugene Monroe really one of the best young tackles in the league?

  • falconsaftey43

    No you shouldn’t be upset because of that. Denver is way overpaying for older guys, who are still good to very good but wont be much longer, They are loading up for one last run with Manning and have the capspace to do it, but they are definitely just throwing money at their problem. That approach has rarely worked in the past.
    Tennessee got a few good players but McCluster, Al Woods and Woodyard aren’t anything special just good. Oher is terrible.
    NE swapped Talib for Revis so a good upgrade for a huge price, and brought in Browner, a 30 year old CB with 4 game suspension.
    I’d say adding M. Mitchell and replaceing Woods with Thomas is fairly comparable in the scheme of things considering the Steelers don’t have a ton of money to through around, and wouldn’t even if they had it..
    Remember Miami “won” Free Agency last year and it didn’t really help them much.
    If the Steelers can land a decent starting LE and bring back Cotchery, they’ll be in pretty good shape.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I believe he’s considering retiring.

  • Matthew Marczi

    That is a pretty widely-held opinion.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The Titans don’t have a quarterback, the Patriots don’t have a wide receiver, and frankly I think Denver’s signings are overrated. They also already lost a wide receiver from an offense that got torched in the Super Bowl. There’s a way to spin just about everything.

  • T R

    ok thanks i feel better. i mean i knew all that you are saying and said the same things to someone else. i just wanted someone to say it back to me. so it sounded good. WHEW i can sleep alittle :)

  • Tom

    OK….guess you are right. PFF had him rated at #10.

    Seems like most of the opinions that I read about him at/around the time of his trade last year was “lukewarm” ….and I sure as heck am not one to watch Jaguar games.

  • T R

    thanks Marczi you know i love ya, and your write ups.. I just need you to write up some thing good again that says all that to make me feel good again… :)

  • CW

    The issue for the Ravens is the rest of their offensive line outside of Yanda and Monroe, who are very good to great at their positions. Their center situation is pretty bad since Birk retired. Reid and Oseleme haven’t been setting the world on fire either and they don’t see to have much behind any of the other three spots worthy of taking the field.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Agreed, though I would add that Osemele seemed to be better at RT in 2012 than at LG, so moving him there might help them out. LG and C would still be a liability.

    Of course, Osemele is still recovering from back surgery, so you never know.

  • steelster

    ok thanks, on another note and I know I’m in the minority here but I would like the steelers not to resign cotch and go after LaGarrette Blount. Draft the early round receiver to become the no. 2 receiver and put wheaton in the slot. Yes, we would have inexperienced receivers but we could run the ball a lot and help keep the young defense off the field.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Cotch is also the best blocker of the WR’s. Why not both?

  • steelster

    yes, if they can afford it that would be great.

  • shawn

    The loss of Decker is meaningless … they have guys and Peyton can plug anybody in there … and u really trying to say the signings of Talib, Ward and Ware are overrated …. okkkkkkk

  • Matthew Marczi

    Rodgers-Cromartie was better than Talib. Ware is over the hill. Ward was a good signing, but it doesn’t make me crap my pants.

  • shawn

    I differ with u on Talib … Ward is a stud … and Ware still has plenty of upside … over the hill is a little exaggerated …

    I guess ur more impressed with our Cam Thomas pick up …….. zzzzzzzz

  • steelster

    I like that Denver went all in you figure payton has about 2 years left to win a superbowl and this help increases the chances. However, do I think this is enough to beat the seahawks, 49er’s or panthers no it isn’t. The moves Denver made this week will destroy the team three to four years from now.

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