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Gosder Cherilus released: Should Giants be interested in veteran right tackle?

Is Cherilus a better option, if healthy, than Marshall Newhouse or Brandon Mosley?

Gosder Cherilus
Gosder Cherilus
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The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with right tackle Gosder Cherilus. Let's get this discussion out of the way right now. Should the New York Giants, with journeyman Marshall Newhouse and untried Brandon Mosley as their apparent primary options at right tackle entering training camp, be interested in the 31-year-old Cherilus?


The Colts made Cherilus the highest-paid right tackle in football when they signed the former first-round pick to a five-year, $34.5 million contract in 2013. Cherilus started 16 years in his first season with the Colts, but was one of the least effective right tackles in football during an injury-plagued 2014. He finished 70th out of 84 qualified tackles in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season.

Cherilus' recovery from an offseason knee scope has not progressed quickly, and he missed all of the team's offseason program.

From SB Nation's Stampede Blue:

... those who have been following the Colts over the offseason already knew that Cherilus' status as the starter was very much in doubt. Last season he struggled through injuries that resulted in poor play, and he ended up being placed on injured reserve right before the playoffs. The Colts had serious concerns about his health status.

Cherilus, 31, was a first-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2008. He has started 100 of 104 regular-season games he has played in, and has never played fewer than 12 games in a season.

Cherilus' PFF grade last season was -16.8. In 2013, however, he was +8.9.

Perhaps Cherilus is simply not healthy enough to be an option right now. If, however, he can pass a physical swould you like to see the Giants consider adding Cherilus to the mix at right tackle?