But the FA market really didn't have much in the way of great fits this year. And with Fant at LT, earning essentially league minimum, it's *REALLY* hard to pay someone like Okung $13m/year to be average or above average at that position. If Cable and Carroll are right, and Fant can provide acceptable (read: below average, but not abysmal) production there in 2017, you're faced with a double-barrel blast of a $10mil cost to upgrade the position from (ostensibly) below average to above average AND the unavoidable issue of what you could have done with that money at other points of the roster.
Signing Joeckel (sp?) muddies the waters a *bit* but he's only on a one year contract and there was no way they were going to sign a potential upgrade at T for less guaranteed money than he received--and if he does have a career renaissance, we're not just ok--we're *eager*--to pay him $12mil to play LT.
I'm looking forward to the draft. Glad to see them be aggressive at K, too. Hauschka was great up until last year, when he was average-mediocre. Kickers are a bit like bullpenners: unpredictable and largely fungible, excepting the true greats.