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Top Free Agents: Ryan Clady, Andre Smith, Branden Albert, Jake Long, Sebastian Vollmer, Will Beatty, Gosder Cherilus, Phil Loadholt, Jermon Bushrod, Sam Baker, King Dunlap, Bryant McKinnie, Tyler Polumbus, Sean Locklear, Barry Richardson, Brandon Keith, D'Anthony Batiste, Demetress Bell
It's not often that capable left tackles see the open free-agent market. This position is way too important for a team risking the loss of a potential starter. However, teams with a need at the position will have a rare opportunity this offseason.
Even with the high likelihood of Ryan Clady staying with the Denver Broncos, there's as many as 11 players with extensive starting experience. The biggest name on the list is Jake Long, who's expected to be let go by the Miami Dolphins.
Long has had a very successful career, but age and injuries are starting to take their toll. He'll also be looking for a big-money contract based on his past success. This is an issue because those red flags will make teams hesitant to shell out that type of money.
While Long is the biggest name on the list, he isn't the only talented player. Andre Smith, Brandon Albert, Will Beatty and Phil Loadholt have all shown a lot of promise. There will be a strong market for each of these players.
Because of the importance of the position, look for a lot of money to be thrown at these guys.