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2012 NFL Free Agent Offensive Linemen

By: Roshan Bhagat

Carl Nicks (NO) - OG - After signing Jahri Evans to a 7-year, $56.7 million deal in 2010, the Saints will have to contemplate doling out a similar contract if they wish to keep Carl Nicks, one of the premier guards in the league. Committing that type of money to a pair of guards would be unheard of in league history. Though Nicks has said he would love to return, if he doesn't put a hometown discount on the table, there's a good chance the market shows him more love than the Saints can afford.

Chris Myers (HOU) - OC - Myers has found himself in one of the best possible situations in the league with the Texans. After years of searching, the Texans have been able to replicate some of the success HC Gary Kubiak had in Denver. Meyers is an outstanding system fit and will probably stay in Houston. For the past two seasons, no center has been a better in a zone fit than Myers.

Demetrius Bell (BUF) - OT - Bell is another under-the-radar player capable of protecting the blindside and is a vital piece to the Bills' offense. After suffering a season-ending injury midway through the year, the Bills struggled to protect Fitzpatrick. Coupled with the loss of Eric Wood in the middle, the line quickly deteriorated as did the team's chances for the playoffs. Bell is solid and dependable in all facets of the game and will most likely be back with the organization next year.

Evan Mathis (PHI) - OG - Playing in Howard Mudd's scheme, Evan Mathis appears to have found the perfect place for himself in Philadelphia. He put together and exceptional season keeping Michael Vick free from pressure and teaming with Jason Peters to open up ridiculous holes for LeSean McCoy. After a season like that, it would be shocking to see the Eagles not put forth their best effort to bring him back.

Jared Gaither (SD) - OT - Gaither joined the Chargers in Week 13 from Kansas City and picked up a quick five starts to close the season. In that time, he played exceptionally well as a pass protector for Philip Rivers. As a replacement for another oft-injured left tackle, Marcus McNeill, that the team committed big money to two years back, the Chargers will have to think long and hard about both of their futures and lack of dependability.

Ben Grubbs (BAL) - OG - Grubbs has been an above average lineman on one of the better units in the league over the past few years. He's proven to be an effective run blocker, especially on the move. The team is at its best when the offense can move defenders off the line and establish a run game, of which Grubbs is a big part of. Still, with Ray Rice a priority, it will bump Grubbs down just a notch, allowing room for his departure.

Scott Wells (GB) - OC - Like Meyers, Wells is an ideal system fit. The Packers have sought to get bigger and stronger at the position in the post-Sherman days, but there's no doubt that Wells has consistently outperformed all others. He's a heady center with little flash that could play well into his 30s. Though the Packers won't offer a lucrative deal, he's also unlikely to find that elsewhere as an undersized center. With Finley also a free agent though, money could take him to greener pastures.

The Rest:

D'Anthony Batiste (ARZ) - OT
Brandon Keith (ARZ) - OT
Kirk Chambers (ATL) - OT
Mark LeVoir (BAL) - OT
Frank Omiyale (CHI) - OT
Anthony Collins (CIN) - OT
Dennis Roland (CIN) - OT
Oniel Cousins (CLE) - OT
Artis Hicks (CLE) - OT
Jeff Backus (DET) - OT
Quinn Ojinnaka (IND) - OT
Guy Whimper (JAC) - OT
Barry Richardson (KC) - OT
Ryan O'Callaghan (KC) - OT
Vernon Carey (MIA) - OT
Pat McQuistan (MIA) - OT
Kareem McKenzie (NYG) - OT
Robert Turner (NYJ) - OT
Khalif Barnes (OAK) - OT
Stephon Heyer (OAK) - OT
King Dunlap (PHI) - OT
Trai Essex (PIT) - OT
Max Starks (PIT) - OT
Chris Kemoeatu (PIT) - OT
Tony Moll (SD) - OT
Adam Snyder (SF) - OT
Adam Goldberg (STL) - OT
James Lee (TB) - OT
Sean Locklear (WAS) - OT
C.J. Davis (CAR) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Geoff Schwartz (CAR) - OT - Restricted
Garry Williams (CAR) - OT - Restricted
Jermey Parnell (DAL) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Chris Clark (DEN) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Corey Hilliard (DET) - OT - Restricted
Lydon Murtha (MIA) - OT - Restricted
Patrick Brown (MIN) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Brandyn Dombrowski (SD) - OT - Restricted
Alex Boone (SF) - OT - Exclusive Rights
Deuce Lutui (ARZ) - OG
Mackenzy Bernadeau (CAR) - OG
Nate Livings (CIN) - OG
Mike McGlynn (CIN) - OG
Bobbie Williams (CIN) - OG
John Greco (CLE) - OG
Steve Vallos (CLE) - OG
Derrick Dockery (DAL) - OG
Montrae Holland (DAL) - OG
Russ Hochstein (DEN) - OG
Manuel Ramirez (DEN) - OG
Leonard Davis (DET) - OG
Mike Brisiel (HOU) - OG
Ryan Diem (IND) - OG
Jamey Richard (IND) - OG
Samson Satele (OAK) - OG
Dan Connolly (NE) - OG
Rich Ohrnberger (NE) - OG
Stacy Andrews (NYG) - OG
Mike Gibson (SEA) - OG
Pat McQuistan (SEA) - OG
Chilo Rachal (SF) - OG
Jacob Bell (STL) - OG
Tony Wragge (STL) - OG
Jeremy Zuttah (TB) - OG
Jake Scott (TEN) - OG
Chad Rinehart (BUF) - OG - Restricted
Kraig Urbik (BUF) - OG - Restricted
Dorian Brooks (PIT) - OG - Exclusive Rights
Ramon Foster (PIT) - OG - Restricted
Kory Lichtensteiger (WAS) - OG - Restricted
Todd McClure (ATL) - OC
Brett Romberg (ATL) - OC
Matt Birk (BAL) - OC
Andre Gurode (BAL) - OC
Geoff Hangartner - OC
Don Muhlbach (DET) - OC
Ryan Pontbriand (FA) - OC
Mike Pollak (IND) - OC
Jeff Saturday (IND) - OC
Casey Wiegmann (KC) - OC
Dan Koppen (NE) - OC
Nick Hardwick (SD) - OC
Scott Mruczkowski (SD) - OC
Ken Amato (TEN) - OC
Edwin Williams (CHI) - OC - Exclusive Rights
Jon Weeks (HOU) - OC - Restricted
Ryan Wendell (NE) - OC - Restricted
Justin Drescher (NO) - OC - Exclusive Rights
Mike Windt (SD) - OC - Exclusive Rights
Fernando Velasco (TEN) - OC - Restricted

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