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Which offensive tackles are hitting the market in 2022?

Could Sean McVay and Les Snead find a competent option to create competition at offensive tackle?

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As the Los Angeles Rams await Andrew Whitworth’s retirement decision, they have plenty of work left to do along the offensive line no matter what happens with the 40-year-old Super Bowl champion. Backup left tackle Joseph Noteboom is an unrestricted free agent, as is guard Austin Corbett and center Brian Allen.

Next year, right tackle Rob Havenstein and his backup Bobby Evans will both have expiring contracts, as will left guard David Edwards. Les Snead and Sean McVay have an entire offensive line to either overhaul or re-up in the next 13 months.

This probably points the Rams back in the direction of the draft. Though Tremayne Anchrum is the only offensive lineman drafted by Snead since 2020, undrafted free agent A.J. Jackson filled in admirably at points in 2021, and International Pathway Program player Max Pircher is a hopeful developmental project for the long-term future. Los Angeles most likely must add at least one or two names in the draft to compete for starting positions in 2024 at the latest, but could their be any second or third wave offensive line free agents for Snead to consider later this month?

It seems unlikely that the Rams would sign a starting left tackle to replace Whitworth, unless it is Noteboom. As you’ll see though, Noteboom could soon be one of the top-two left tackles in all of free agency. It is also unlikely that anyone other than Havenstein will be starting at right tackle in 2022.

But we should still be aware of the options.

The following 2022 unrestricted free agents come courtesy of the work done at OvertheCap.com. The left and right designations are fairly “soft” and not necessarily binding, but a good starting point at least.

2022 offensive tackle free agents

Left

Orlando Brown, Chiefs (26) - 16 starts

Jason Peters, Bears (40) - 15 starts

Cam Robinson, Jaguars (27) - 14 starts

Terron Armstead, Saints (31) - 8 starts

Geron Christian, Texans (26) - 14 games, 8 starts

Cornelius Lucas, Commanders (31) - 15 games, 7 starts

Rashod Hill, Vikings (30) - 15 games, 5 starts

Josh Wells, Bucs (31) - 17 games, 5 starts

Julie’n Davenport, Colts (27) - 9 games, 4 starts

Jamarco Jones, Seahawks (26) - 10 games, 2 starts

Joseph Noteboom, Rams (27) - 15 games, 2 starts

Elijah Wilkinson, Bears (27) - 13 games, 1 start

Jason Spriggs, Falcons (28) - 15 games, 1 start

Korey Cunningham, Giants (27) - 12 game appearances

David Sharpe, Ravens (27) - 3 appearances

Chris Hubbard, Browns (31) - 1 game appearance

Sam Tevi, Colts (28) - 0 games

Greg Senat, Jets (28) - 0 games

Notes

One of the most important lessons you should learn about NFL free agency, if you haven’t already, is that it is almost always underwhelming. We go a whole year with a list of “upcoming free agents!!!” and then by the time the bidding opens up, most of the top-10 or top-20 percent of those names have been re-signed by their original teams. Good players and great players are not often allowed to leave by the franchise and the best ones are locked down well before they can hit the market.

Brown is not hitting the market. Armstead will probably only hit the market if the Saints are concerned with his injury history. The Jaguars tagged Cam Robinson last year and they could do it again.

If those three fail to become free agents, then the top-ranked left tackles in free agency will look something like Jason Peters, Geron Christian, and yes, Joseph Noteboom.

This is yet another reason to expect the Rams to lose Noteboom in about two weeks.

Right

Morgan Moses, Jets (31) - 17 starts

Chukwuma Okorafor, Steelers (25) - 16 starts

Brandon Parker, Raiders (27) - 17 games, 13 starts

Bobby Massie, Broncos (33) - 13 starts

Tyrell Crosby, Lions (27) - 11 starts

Brandon Shell, Seahawks (30) - 10 starts

Trent Brown, Patriots (29) - 9 starts

Trenton Scott, Panthers (28) - 14 games, 5 starts

Cameron Fleming, Broncos (30) - 5 games, 4 starts

Dennis Kelly, Packers (32) - 10 games, 4 starts

Jordan Mills, Saints (32) - 10 games, 3 starts

Mike Remmers, Chiefs (33) - 4 games, 2 starts

Will Richardson, Jaguars (26) - 13 games, 2 starts

Ty Nsekhe, Cowboys (37) - 12 game appearances

Bobby Hart, Bills (28) - 4 games, 1 start

Notes

The right side may offer a little more relief, and I’m not sure how many if any of these names would be competent on the left. Most of these names are career backups or firmly entrenched as right tackles, making any signing other than a “key reserve” unlikely for L.A..

It may be enough for another team to even scoop up someone like Jamil Demby off of the Rams’ practice squad—Demby is a restricted free agent this year.