In the 2013 offseason, the Indianapolis Colts signed former Detroit Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus to a 5 year 35 million dollar contract. Making him the highest paid right tackle in the NFL. More than Anthony Davis, Andre Smith, and Sebatian Vollmer, all considerably better than Cherilus.
He will be entering his sixth season in the league, and his second with the Colts. He was selected in the first round with the 17th overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Lions, and was expected to be a premier left tackle in the league. After four seasons with the Lions, he left via free agency as he was never fully capable to protect Mathew Stafford’s blind side.
Gosder is a behemoth of a man at 6’7″ amd 314 pounds. He has the sheer size to dominate defenders of pure size and strengthen, but that is not all that matters for an offensive lineman.
Like fellow tackle Anthony Castonzo, Cherilus is not overly athletic but excels in the run game. He fundamentals are missing at times, but his size helps with that and allows for him to use is when his technique goes away.
He is a solid player who fills a void for the Colts, but with his contract will become a major liability in the future.
His cap hit this season is only 3.9 million, but will just to 6.9 in 2015, and 9.9 million the following year. Thus allowing the Colts to entertain trade offers in the near future.
While he is a starter for the Colts, he is extremely expendable to the Colts. The Colts would be better off entertaining a trade for him, and looking to receive a second to forth round draft pick.
A pick that could be used to draft a young tackle to mold into the right or left tackle spot, one which would cost a lot less than Gosder’s contract.