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One of the most questionable decisions in free agency lately has been the Tennessee Titans giving tackle Michael Oher four years and $20 million.
Oher has been the target of some much-warranted criticism over the past couple of seasons due to his underwhelming performance. Since being drafted in the first round in 2009, Oher has been consistent but never not developed into the player that he was projected to be.
For $20 million, the Titans should be getting a surefire right tackle who can bolster their young offensive line and seamlessly replace nine-year veteran right tackle David Stewart.
But there is a lot of doubt that Oher can make this happen.
Maybe not having him bounce back and forth between left and right tackle will help him reclaim his game, but even so, $20 million is a lot to spend on an average right tackle. He allowed ten sacks this past season, a number that will not fly with the Titans, especially with the fragile Jake Locker under center.
Perhaps the Titans believe that removing uncertainty as to which tackle position he'll be playing will help Oher fulfill his potential. Otherwise, it appears that Tennessee general manager Ruston Webster just threw a lot of money at a false-start machine. He's also is taking a big risk with a very young offensive line and an extremely injury-prone quarterback.