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Old 04-17-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod didnít waste any time taking his talents to the Windy City, where Aaron Kromer, former offensive line/running back coach for the Saints, is now the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
New orleans head coach Sean Payton expressed in earlier interviews that there are two things that keep him up at night: pass rushing and filling the hole that Bushrod left behind.
Meanwhile, in a rival city nearby, the Atlanta Falcons released another significant player from their roster, OT Tyson Clabo. The 6-foot-6, 329-pound beast hasnít missed not one game for the Falcons since 2007. Clabo is entering into his ninth season and he has proven to be durable, reliable and big, which is right up the Saintsí alley.
Clabo overcame a slow start to regain his spot as the star of Atlantaís offensive line by the end of the season. He gave up five sacks in the first four games of the 2012-2013 season, but he didnít give up not a single one for the rest of the season.
Although Clabo is three years older than Bushrod, he is still relatively in his prime and more than capable of protecting Drew BreesĎ blindside. He can also get into the second layer of the defense to block for running backs, which is what Payton enjoys to do. According to ProFootball Talk, the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars have reached out to Clabo, but I believe the Saints should be the third team.
If we look at the personnel the Saints have right now as offensive tackle, all have potential but none are proven. Offensive tackles Charles Brown and Marcel Jones both have battled injuries since being drafted, and the New Orleans Saintsí free agency pick up, Jason Smith, is viewed to some as a bust. Brees can only operate with a solid offensive line and they need consistent, durable and reliable players up front.
Jermon Bushrod was a huge loss for the team, but New Orleans can surely bounce back with a Tyson Clabo signing. The Saintsí salary cap situation is in dire straights, but Mickey Loomis is the best in the business, and I believe they should find a way to make it work.




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Old 04-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

Couldnt hurt to have the competition for the others at that position, just makes it so we get the best player starting
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

I know he isn't a great player, but let's not forget about Zach Strief. He has started 23 games for us over the past two seasons.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

Not even an option. There is no where near the cap room required for a Clabo.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

Please replace Strief...please.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

It would be a smart move to consider, but we would have to free up some cap space first.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

Sorry to say thats all they can do is look. No money without restructuring someone else's contract, still have to sign draft picks, very little room under the cap the last time I looked.
IMO, it's time to see if Charles Brown can do what he was drafted for and thats play tackle, preferably LT. Who knows maybe it's a breakout year for him. He did a good job last year subbing at RT until he got hurt again.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

That's his problem staying healthy.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

Originally Posted by tavia45 View Post
That's his problem staying healthy.
Article says he hasn't missed a game since 2007, thats pretty durable to be honest
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Re: New Orleans Saints Should Take a Long Hard Look at OT Tyson Clabo

There'll be a way if Drew really wants him...
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