**I wrote this in the Joeckel knee scope" thread then realized it was a hi-jack attempt. Oops. Didn't want to delete it so made a thread with it. This is how I write when on pain medication. (I got shingles on my fricken face! But... thats possibly a topic for The Slag.)
In regards to Brandon Albert or Duane Brown.... Hmmm. Albert would be cheaper but Brown, as I understand it, is experienced in the ZBS and has been to multiple Pro Bowls. He is also 32 years old I believe and we would have to trade for him then pay a salary commensurate with a Pro Bowl quality left tackle. Thats a hefty price for an aging LT. I have a couple takes on the possible move.
Talking about the salary cap is swerving pretty far out of my lane but for the right deal, I do not believe the cap will be a deterrent to getting something done. Nor would we lose Jimmy Graham. Next season? Well.....
This team is getting older and will be blown up sooner rather than later. Stars will be leaving the team at a decent drip here soon. We are currently witnessing Cliff Avril possibly departing for good and the next guy, Frank Clark, stepping up to replace him. The nucleus of the team, especially on defense will have a different set of players than what we have today. I believe Duane Brown would be here as long as the defensive core we currently have will be able to stay together. Giving a boost to this O-line is like wringing out a wash towel. An attempt to get every championship chance out of the current lineup as they can.
Ok, now, what price are we comfortable paying the Texans? We have no 2nd rounder. 3rd most likely not enough. Players? Who would you want if you were trading your pro bowl left tackle? They just lost key defenders this past weekend. Can Sheldon Richardson take over Michael Bennett duties? I could see us moving from Bennett and Avril to Richardson and Clark. Marcus Smith seems to be re-inventing himself and we have Malik and Dion on the mend with potential to be contributors and possibly even significant contributors. It seems like a youth movement is on at the position. Whats left is to rip off the band-aid, move Bennett while he still may have value, and let the youngin's take over.
I was just trying to make a case for moving a beloved player. Not really advocating getting rid of Bennett. I really get/got attached to Seahawk players and hate when they go. That said, improving this O-line while we have this historic defense, is in my opinion, paramount to the Seahawks bringing another championship to Seattle.