The trade speculation surrounding Jared Gaither picked up over the weekend, when the Ravens former starting left tackle didn’t participate in the team’s minicamp practices following Friday’s news he had been replaced by second-year pro Michael Oher and moved to the right side.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, meanwhile, attempted to clear up the situation by saying Gaither had missed Saturday and Sunday’s practices with “foot and toe” injuries. At the same time, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, per The Baltimore Sun, said the team hasn’t engaged in trade talks for Gaither, and offered that the team has had “no trade offer worthy of serious consideration” for him. Not only does it substantiate the pre-draft rumors, but it tells us the Ravens are still listening to calls on Gaither, which could presumably at some point be worthy of serious consideration.
“Any time I see a player not at practice, there is a solid chance he really is on the trading block,” NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan opined during his weekly live chat. “It doesn’t sound like compensation has been worked out yet.”
Gaither, a restricted free agent, has yet to sign his tender that was extended at the first-round level by the Ravens. It may that they’re willing to take less. If/when the Ravens do move Gaither, the job likely goes to third-year backup Oniel Cousins. Jamison Hensley passed along an interesting note in The Baltimore Sun when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s offered unsolicited praise of Cousins.
Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News hears the Bills, who have an unfilled need at left tackle, are the team most likely to land Gaither.