This seems to be a question lots of teams may be throwing about right now. Apparently he was cut because he refused to take a pay cut – his 2010 $ number is $7.5 million. That is a steep salary and my guess is some desperate team will come forward and gladly give him that – could end up a bidding war. The guy is still good, though some believe his level of play declined the last two years.
I see Faneca as someone definitely worth considering. Even if his play declined, I sure didn’t notice it as the Jets seemed to run at will. Maybe his pass blocking was suspect or something, but nothing stood out to me as being negative last year for him – and if fact, many accounts indicated he was a real leader on the team.
There are essentially two important questions we need to ask ourselves about Faneca before going after him: 1) would he be able to make the transition from a decade of mostly run-first football to an ostensibly pass-happy team? and 2) would he be worth shelling out at least $7.5 million?
I can say this with certainty: Faneca would be better at left guard than our present LG, Daryn Colledge. No doubt. Even in a new pass-happy system, he would definitely be an upgrade. If the coaches are even entertaining the thought of keeping Colledge as the starting left guard, I would say we should go after Faneca. If we had a line of Tausch, Sitton, Wells, Faneca and Clifton – with some quality, bright, young depth in Lang, Bulaga and Spitz, I would feel a lot better about our O-Line and Rodgers staying upright. OK, I’ve talked myself into it – go after Faneca TT.