The Ravens have been practically trying give Jared Gaither away, and now the Bills may finally be stepping up as a suitor.
Gaither has been on the trade market this entire offseason since the Ravens placed only a 1st-round tender on the restricted free agent. Now, despite a dominant 2009 season at left tackle, the Ravens have been using Gaither on the right side. Its more clear than ever that they don’t envision him as a key part of the team in 2010.
I’ve been begging for someone to sign Gaither this entire offseason. He’s simply one of the best young left tackles in the game. However, the Ravens’ willingness to part with him has scared teams off. Rumors about his lack of work ethic have swirled and his stock has plummeted.
Seemingly, he would be a perfect fit in Buffalo. They can’t afford to enter 2010 with Demetrius Bell as their starting left tackle. Gaither would help stabilize their offensive line and perhaps give the Bills a chance at mediocrity in 2010.
However, the Bills should be cautious about giving up too much. As good as Gaither was in 2009, he isn’t worth the Bills 2011 1st-round pick, which will likely be in the top 10. The Bills still need a franchise quarterback and they can’t pass up a shot at Jake Locker, Andrew Luck or Ryan Mallett for a left tackle with work ethic concerns.
But if the Bills can land Gaither for a 2nd-round pick or less, it’s a steal and perhaps one of the best moves of the offseason.