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Clabo still in play for Bills

Atlanta Falcons free-agent offensive tackle Tyson Clabo confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution a few minutes ago that his representative remains in talks with the Bills.

"It's a possibility. But nobody has agreed to terms or anything," Clabo told the paper. Atlanta wants to re-sign the right tackle, who made the Pro Bowl last season. Seattle reportedly was interested. But the Seahawks reached an agreement with offensive lineman Robert Gallery, which would seem to preclude them from making a big pitch to Clabo.

The question is the market value for Clabo. There's a chance that in order to get him away from the Falcons, Buffalo would have to pay him more than right tackle money. The Bills paid Langston Walker $5 million a year back in 2007. (Walker was represented by the same agent as head coach Dick Jauron, but we don't need to re-live that bad memory.) Clabo obviously would dwarf that deal. So if you have to pay Clabo more than $7 million to sign a year, you might as well play him at left tackle, correct?

Ex-Bill Jason Peters is about at the top of the left tackle pay chart. He signed a six-year, $60 million deal with the Eagles, but it actually included about $13 million a year in new money, because it was an extension. Carolina is paying Jordan Gross $9.3 million a year. San Diego is paying Marcus McNeill $8 million a year. Gross and McNeill are left tackles. Let the bidding continue.

---Mark Gaughan 


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