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NFL Free Agency 2017: Andrew Whitworth will sign with Los Angeles Rams

Tackle market continues to shrivel up

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The Andrew Whitworth dream is over for New York Giants fans. Per his agents, Whitworth has the “framework for deal” with the Los Angeles Rams that is being reported as a three-year, $36 million deal with $15 million guaranteed.

That’s an outlandish amount of money for a 35-year-old player, even one like Whitworth who has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. The Giants, with less than $10 million in cap space currently, were never going to be able to compete with dollar figures likes that.

The Whitworth signing, couple with the earlier news that left tackle Matt Kalil will be joining the Carolina Panthers, further shapes the tackle market for the offensive line-needy Giants. We learned earlier in the week that right tackle Ricky Wagner would be joining the Detroit Lions.

The top options remaining appear to be Russell Okung and Riley Reiff. Secondary options could include D.J. Fluker and Austin Pasztor, who could play guard or tackle, Ryan Clady and Kelvin Beachum. If they can clear the cap space, the Giants could also choose to pursue a guard like Larry Warford of the Lions.