Could Jon Stinchcomb be the Answer at RT for the Ravens?
According to Yahoo! Sports (link) the Saints have released their 5-years starter at right tackle Jon Stinchcomb to open the competition between veteran swingman Zach Strief and second year veteran Charles Brown. Stinchcomb was a second round pick in 2003 who has battled some injured early in his career before coming back in 2006 to claim the starting job on the right side of the Saints offensive line for the past 5 years without missing a start.
He showed real toughness this past season as he played through a torn left quad muscle for much of the year, still managing to earn a Pro Bowl nod. While the lockout kept him from meeting with his team's medical staff Stinchcomb rehabbed during the off-season at the Georgia facilities where he went to college and with a private trainer and has said he's looking forward to being healthy again for the season after playing hurt for most of last year.
So my thought is why don't we pick him up?
Here are my reasons:
- He has shown toughness by playing through his torn quad last season and he still managed to earn a Pro Bowl bid despite the injury.
- He's an experienced veteran having been in the league for 8 years and a starter for 5. This would give us another veteran presence on the line besides Birk who may not be around much longer.
- He most likely wouldn't be too expensive, even before he was cut his base salary was only going to be $2.25 million and you can bet at this point in the off-season his asking price will be less than that.
- He comes from a winning culture in New Orleans where they just won the Super Bowl two years ago so if we get deep in the playoffs he won't be intimidated.
- By picking him up we could keep Marshal Yanda at RG and keep Ramon Harewood, Oniel Cousins and Jah Reid as back-ups while they continue to develop (or in Cousins case convert to guard) giving us depth and letting the younger guys develop more so they can take over for Stinchcomb in a year or two.
Granted all this is under the pretense that he his healthy from his surgery and can compete, but if so it would be huge coup for us to get a Pro Bowl RT to fill what has been a fairly obvious need all off-season.
You know what to do Ozzie ;)