NFL free agency's biggest trend in its first day: Big money for decent offensive linemen

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It is a very good time to be an offensive lineman somewhere between good and serviceable as we hit NFL free agency.

In the first day of “legal tampering,” the NFL saw a string of multiyear deals for offensive linemen hit the news wires.

NFL offensive linemen getting paid in free agency

Among those deals are:

In that entire group, you will not find a single Pro Bowl selection. Conklin did make first-team All-Pro in his rookie year in 2016, but injuries have since sapped his value to the point that the Titans didn’t pick up his fifth-year option.

Instead of Pro Bowlers, all of those linemen are merely ... good at best, though there are some New York Giants fans still howling at the idea of giving Flowers a $30 million deal.

That kind of money for players who are definitely solid additions is simply a reflection of the market as a premium is placed on winning in the trenches.

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Free agent Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Offensive linemen like Jack Conklin have encountered a strong market in NFL free agency. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

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