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A clue to why Jared Gaither is available

There is an obvious red flag to any team that’s interested in Ravens tackle Jared Gaither: Baltimore is willing to move him.

The Ravens know what a quality tackle looks like. The fact they are reportedly eager to deal Gaither for a second-round pick should create doubt in the minds of interested teams.

I’ve wondered why Baltimore was willing to part ways, and got a clue Sunday in the Baltimore Sun. Ken Murray refers to Gaither’s “half-baked work ethic.”  (That’s better than wake-n-baked work ethic.)

Gaither has put enough impressive play on film that he’s still among the more likely veterans to get dealt on the draft’s second day.

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37 Responses to “A clue to why Jared Gaither is available”
  1. KingJoe! says: Apr 11, 2010 11:51 AM

    If the Eagles dont get a quality tackle in one of their first two picks, they should trade their 2nd 2nd-round pick for JG

  2. paynskii says: Apr 11, 2010 11:53 AM

    Why would you go at this game “half baked” when the earning potential is so great. I don’t get these guys!!!!

  3. jts28 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    In reality, the Ravens know Gaither is an above-average LT who will continue to improve. But they also have Michael Oher, who is an even better football player. They are dying to get him over to LT, and Gaither isn’t well suited to play RT (not physical enough, no mean streak, etc). Now is the time to ship Gaither out and get some compensation, this being the last year of his deal (he is a RFA.) It’s just smart business, and doesn’t mean Gaither is not a very good football player.

  4. dogma1 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    He is worth a lot more than a 2nd round pick… he is better than any OT in this draft.
    Ravens are gonna screw themselves on this deal.

  5. jts28 says: Apr 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    In reality, the Ravens know Gaither is an above-average LT who will continue to improve. But they also have Michael Oher, who is an even better football player. They are dying to get him over to LT, and Gaither isn’t well suited to play RT (not physical enough, no mean streak, etc). Now is the time to ship Gaither out and get some compensation, this being the last year of his deal (he is a RFA.) It’s just smart business, and doesn’t mean Gaither is not a very good football player.

  6. JJCheesehead says: Apr 11, 2010 12:01 PM

    he has to be better than chad clifton or mark tauscher.

  7. Harm City Homer says: Apr 11, 2010 12:06 PM

    Maybe they are just using you to leverage him into taking less money than the film and the market would indicate.
    Who said whatnow? He is lazy, high, injury prone, only starting because Oher is a rookie, or whatever. He is not good. Leave him alone. Marcus McNiel is also a RFA, SB champ Willy Colon, Jammal Brown, Alex Barron. Flozel Hotel Adams is on the street. Keep your 2nd round pick and pick up a LT in free agency. Forget about Gaither. the guy is no good, injury prone, suspect, not a good student at UM, not a very nice guy, he is too tall and has skinny ankles.

  8. DB26 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:07 PM

    I think he gets dealt on day 1 to help the Ratbirds move up for Dez Bryant. Work ethic or not, the guy is a beast on gameday and has shown he can excel at the NFL level.
    Heckert, go get this guy!

  9. FumbleNuts says: Apr 11, 2010 12:07 PM

    “Jared Gaither: Baltimore is willing to move him.”
    The Seahawks should be willing to sign him.

  10. Citizen Strange says: Apr 11, 2010 12:08 PM

    A bigger tell would be if Rex Ryan is interested in him.
    And Adalius (sp?) Thomas too for that matter.
    BTW … was Adalius Thomas on Belichick’s genius free agent short board?

  11. falcon3 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:10 PM

    Isn’t that a large part of why he was available for a lower-round pick in the supplemental draft? I mean, some things don’t change…

  12. cmich06 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:11 PM

    basketball player(sport he loves) playing football…his heart is in it only for the money…the potential to make money is why he turned down the basketball scholly from south carolina to play football at MD…if it was up to him he would be playing basketball somewhere

  13. tonyinmd says: Apr 11, 2010 12:18 PM

    HarmCityHomer is obviously a Sandra Bullock fan. Gaither is a very good LT, and is only 24…the same age as Oher.

  14. Rocksteady says: Apr 11, 2010 12:18 PM

    Not a chance the Eagles make a move for Gaither. They would much rather bring in someone who isn’t going to insist they start.
    The investment made in Peters was too great. He will have at least one more season in Philly.

  15. BigFella87 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:26 PM

    Wow Harm City Homer, I swear to God you must be Gaither’s autobiographer or something. If you’re even thinking about signing Barron, Colon or Adams you must be out of your mind! The Ravens drafted Oher to replace big Willie Anderson (and not so much Adam Terry lol) with the overall goal of getting younger on the line. By getting rid of Gaither and moving Oher to LT, the Ravens are basically shotting themselves in the foot. I for one do not want to see Oniel Cousins occupy the RT spot!
    Gaither, Grubbs, Birk, Yanda, Oher
    ^ Needs to remain our line
    (No offence intended Harm City Homer, I just don’t think a second round draft pick would suffice. Gaither is good man, trust me.)

  16. funi says: Apr 11, 2010 12:29 PM

    I hope Ravens get Dez Bryant! He is an overrated punk and will not live up to expectations. If he forgets his cleats, Ray Lewis will probably hire a guy to “take care of him”! GO STEELERS!!!

  17. DallasRavens says: Apr 11, 2010 12:31 PM

    Harm City Homer
    You Say “Maybe they are just using you to leverage him into taking less money than the film and the market would indicate.
    Who said whatnow? He is lazy, high, injury prone, only starting because Oher is a rookie, or whatever. He is not good. Leave him alone. Marcus McNiel is also a RFA, SB champ Willy Colon, Jammal Brown, Alex Barron. Flozel Hotel Adams is on the street. Keep your 2nd round pick and pick up a LT in free agency. Forget about Gaither. the guy is no good, injury prone, suspect, not a good student at UM, not a very nice guy, he is too tall and has skinny ankles.”
    Congrats for the retard comment of the day. Get on your short bus, put your helmet on and lick the windows all the way back to your home. Seriously dude your special.

  18. QJ1984 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:37 PM

    “Or maybe trade for the Ravens’ Jared Gaither, who is believed to be available for the price of a second-round pick?”
    Key word there being believed. These are the same people that reported Ray Lewis was looking at 20 million up front from Dallas. The same folks that reported Suggs new contract riveled Jared Allen’s. The same folks that reported the Ravens would be cutting ties with several high profile players because Harbaugh didnt like them last offseason, of the players on that list only one was actually released and another priced himself out of the Ravens budget. The rest are still will the team and will be for the next two or three years.
    In short, stop quoting the Baltimore Sun. They suck and they have next to no crediability. The only people that take them seriously are people like you, that do not live in Baltimore and read that hack writing on a regular basis.

  19. Occam says: Apr 11, 2010 12:38 PM

    I heard that JaMarcus Russel thinks that Jared Gaither’s has an outstanding work ethic. Outstanding.

  20. Jack Acid says: Apr 11, 2010 12:42 PM

    Ship him to SF. Singletary will make a man of ‘im.

  21. 81Ravens27 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:44 PM

    I doubt the Ravens are really serious about trading Gaither. His work ethic isn’t the best, but he hasn’t worn out his welcome here or anything like that. Officially, they still think he’ll remain Jon Ogden’s replacement for years to come. And he very well could. He is a quality left tackle with good size. I think the Ravens are just dangling him to hear offers and if on draft day they here something that blows their mind, they’ll pull the trigger and then draft a tackle. But I don’t think he’s going anywhere and it would be a mistake to trade him because it would involve moving Oher from RT to LT, Yanda from RG to RT and Chester from the bench to RG. Too much movement. He’ll stay put.

  22. mikeorclem says: Apr 11, 2010 12:49 PM

    i believe a more realistic reason why jared is on the market is his agent. drew rosenhaus is a top offer only kinda guy and the ravens attach a figure on each player and wont go over . they dont feel confident they will be able to resign him. jason brown , the talented young center, left with the ravens best offer on the table. he’s in saint louis. they dont want that to happen again.

  23. kpweaver27 says: Apr 11, 2010 12:49 PM

    I think I have a different insight into why they might move Gaither, and it is Oniel Cousins. The Ravens brass has been on the record about really liking Cousins at right tackle, so they figure they could get some value out of Gaither, move Oher to LT, and move Cousins in at RT.
    In regards to his insistence for starting, that wouldn’t be a problem in Indianapolis, although Baltimore may not want to move Gaither to the team that has eliminated them from the playoffs a few times in the least few years. I still think the Colts should offer their 1st rounder for Gaither and a 3rd/4th in 2011 based on performance.

  24. TDL says: Apr 11, 2010 1:13 PM

    Eager to deal him for a second round draft pick?
    According to whom?
    Just more media speculation with little evidence to back it up.

  25. FLYBOY says: Apr 11, 2010 1:15 PM

    Don’t misread what’s actually happening here. I’ve heard from reliable sources that he may be hooked on hand to gland combat, hence, he’s incredibly relaxed and fullfilled most of the time. He doesn’t feel he needs to prove anything to anyone.
    viva la knuckles.

  26. DVJ says: Apr 11, 2010 1:20 PM

    Bills: do it!

  27. Harm City Homer says: Apr 11, 2010 1:27 PM

    I was joking. This is most likley all agent driven speculation.
    The bottom line is he has a 1st round tender on him and he is the ravens starting LT. he is 24 with 28 starts during which he shut out guys like Freeney, Harrision, Dumerville, Williams and Cole. He is not just good, he is dominant.
    By letting it be known he is available for a 2nd round pick, what does that do to his market value? Does it change the fact he has a 1st round tender and the Raven have right of refusal?
    Why would the Ravens trade him for a 2nd round pick if more than half the NFL would give that up in a heartbeat? When was the last time Oz just gave away a 24 year old starter for a 2nd round pick? Never is the answer. If Gaither is only worth a 2nd round pick now and is not in the long term plans, they will simply keep him and tender him again next year when he has a lot more starts and even more dominant film and stats to back up the eye ball test. The Ravens had the 8th ranked O last year, #1 in rushing TDs, 2 backs got 5ypc. A rookie Flacco won 2 playoff games and got back there and won again in year 2. When Gaither was in there the O looked really good, when he got hurt so did Joe and the O struggled to maintain that balance.
    Cousins is a good player who can run block with any RT in the NFL, but he got turnstyled by Woodley and Flacco was too beat up to throw well in the playoffs. The Ravens need Oher over at Rt to neutralise Woodley and guys like Mathis. The rise of the 3-4 means the rise of the value of RTs that can do a lot more than just run block.

  28. JOldewurtel says: Apr 11, 2010 1:46 PM

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again… profootballfocus.com had Jared Gaither ranked as the 6th best full time LT in 2008 and 3rd only behind Jake Long and Joe Thomas in 2009. Their ratings are based on actual on field performance… not potential.
    So why in the world would you trade the 3rd best LT in all of football, who is 24 years old, especially for a 2nd rd pick???
    That’s garbage and a big time mistake for the Ravens, in my opinion.
    What would it take to trade for Joe Thomas or Jake Long (just in terms of value, since there is zero chance either of them will be traded anytime soon)??? It is without a doubt a 1st +, depending where in Rd 1 they would be getting the pick.
    You do have to take into account that he has been injured. But I am not trading him, period unless it’s for a 1st + (which I understand, isn’t going to happen).
    The only ‘realistic’ trade I would accept would be to San Francisco for #13 or to Seattle for #14.
    We are talking about the 3rd best LT in football!
    (BTW… Michael Oher rated out at #19 OT behind Jason Peters and ahead of Marc Colombo)

  29. RAIDERNATION_408 says: Apr 11, 2010 1:50 PM

    Thats exactly what we need, a lazy,non caring o-lineman to protect our franchise QB Russel, do it godfather, give em our 2012 first rounder

  30. bel-bo says: Apr 11, 2010 1:50 PM

    @ QJ1984
    Amen, brother.
    Gaither handled some pretty nasty pass rushers last year and Flacco played all 16 games which is due in part to his blind side protection. He’s a legit NFL LT with 2 years experience and is easily worth a first round pick.

  31. VoxVagina says: Apr 11, 2010 2:08 PM

    @KingJoe
    The Eagles are not giving up on Peters. We’re set at tackles. Now we need interior lineman. We don’t have a healthy, reliable center or a consistent RG. Priorities should be: CB, OL, OLB, FS, D-Line. Last year, McNabb bought a lot of time when he was under pressure. Kolb doens’t have that skill, so interior lineman are more important than linebackers. The d-line is mostly set, but not beyond upgrade. One player I really like is Eric Berry but that’s not happening

  32. DWat393 says: Apr 11, 2010 2:16 PM

    If the Bears are already selling their souls to win this year, I hope they picked up the phone and at least made a phone call…
    on another note…
    @ DallasRavens: Learn how to use homophones correctly before you insult someone’s intelligence. That’s what us educated folk call irony.

  33. EdBurns666 says: Apr 11, 2010 2:45 PM

    This is surprising because Gaithers looks to be a solid Tackle… He handled James Harrison pretty well both times the Ravens faced the Steelers. This deal would be bad for Baltimore. He’s worth a 1st Rd pick in my view.

  34. emc2 says: Apr 11, 2010 3:03 PM

    He is in the drug program is what “half-baked work ethic” means and thats why nobody wants him. The agent stole him by promising him big money and cant deliver.

  35. cmich06 says: Apr 11, 2010 3:23 PM

    Also, in addition to the basketball part there is a lot of concern what he will play like once he signs a big money deal…he lacks self discipline

  36. habibfromnewdehli says: Apr 11, 2010 3:32 PM

    Actually, if you want the truth:
    The Ravens stole him in the supplemental draft. They were close to University of Maryland and got to see his games plenty in person.
    They gave up a 5th round pick because nobody knew about him.
    Okay, so now he’s going to be looking for a new deal now that his cheap-as-dirt rookie contract is almost over.
    The Ravens are simply hoping other teams still don’t notice quite how good Gaither is, and playing mind games. First they “only” tag him with a 1st round tender… instead of the 1st and 3rd designation. Then, and this has got to be the most hilarious part… the media starts trying to say the Ravens will take a 2nd round pick? For a franchise tackle? Please, quit that nonsense. Nobody is getting a top 10 NFL offensive tackle for anything less than 1st round pick.
    The Ravens are LOVING the media creating all these rumors though, because it quite possibly is causing teams to question why he would be available at all. Thus, lowering Gaither’s asking price on his new contract.
    The Ravens have shown that all they care about is Joe Flacco, and they’re only concerned with showing that they made the right move in trading up to get him. They will let that defense fall to the level of the Detroit Lions, as long as they protect their baby Flacco. In order to protect him, they will need Gaither. Michael Oher is a great player, but I think people over-reacted to a few great plays his rookie season just because of that movie about him that he didn’t even really support.

  37. qawagstaff2009 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:03 AM

    If he is a good young LT then you sign and pay him the money. It makes no difference who his agent is. A good LT is one of the four most important positions in the NFL.

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