Michael Oher had the worst year of his 5-year career last year, as the 2009 1st round pick graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 68th ranked offensive tackle out of 76 eligible on the right side in Baltimore. Oher has actually regressed in almost every season as a pro. He had a strong rookie year, grading out 15th at his position, but then went 40th, 38th, 57th, and then, of course, 68th last season. Given that, I thought he’d have to take a cheap one-year prove it deal somewhere to rehab his value going into next off-season.
Apparently the Titans didn’t think it was necessary to give him last as they are paying him 20 million over 4 years with 9.5 million guaranteed. He’ll be paid like a reliable starter, which is not what he is. This deal is comparable to what right tackles Sebastian Vollmer (4 years, 17 million), Andre Smith (3 years, 18 million), and Phil Loadholt (4 years, 25 million) got last off-season, as what Austin Howard (5 years, 30 million) got this off-season. Those players are all significantly better and more reliable. The Titans would have been better off promoting promising swing tackle Byron Stingily or drafting someone like Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan 11th overall than overpaying Oher this off-season.