Ricky Wagner’s expected deal with Lions sets a new standard for right tackles in free agency

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Ricky Wagner is expected to sign a contract worth more than $9 million per year with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, taking the top offensive tackle off the free agency market.

It’s not surprising that Wagner, a 27-year-old right tackle with three years of starting experience in Baltimore got paid a decent contract. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network said the offensive tackle was “going to blow the lid off the right tackle market” with a deal worth more than $8 million per year.

But even $9 million per year won’t put Wagner in the top 15 among highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL, and still leaves him well behind Lane Johnson’s five-year, $56.26 million deal — the highest for any right tackle. Johnson was a first-round pick in 2013 and will likely become the left tackle of the future for the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving Wagner as the highest-paid right tackle.

Dumervil has put together quite the career, tallying 99 career sacks and 23 career forced fumbles. In his four-year Ravens career, the outside linebacker totaled 35.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Dumervil’s efforts were acknowledged in the form of five Pro Bowl appearances and two first team All-Pro selections. Dumervil’s best season came in 2009 with the Broncos, when the edge defender led the NFL with a jaw-dropping 17 sacks.

As of late, however, things have changed. Dumervil seems to have lost a step, with his sack total dropping to nine over the past two seasons combined following his second career 17-sack season in 2014. The free agent dealt with a nagging foot injury throughout the 2016 season, missing eight games. As a result, Dumervil only played in just over a quarter of snaps on defense throughout the season, meaning he was only taking about half of the team’s snaps when he was on the field.26

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