There's been a lot of chatter this week over the possibility of acquiring another offensive linemen. The most common name to be bandied about is Joe Thomas - for the second round pick in the next draft.
The two predominant ways to look at it are 1) in a Super Bowl season, no cost is too high to increase the possibility or 2) after giving up the first for Sam Bradford, giving up the second would be too much.
I am on the latter side. While I agree that there isn't anything better then a Super Bowl, especially with the Vikings history, it's too high of a cost.
I haven't been scanning the blogs in the last few days, so this has probably already been discussed but I'm going to give it a go anyway.
The additions of Alex Boone and Jake Long since the end of last year are good for name value and Boone is a good interview on PA's show but the additions haven't translated to improvement on the field yet. I'm not calling for changes or anything, and think Long's performance shouldn't be judged for a few weeks since he was out of the game but I don't want to excuse the problems.
The offensive line has been the weakest unit of the team so far and I don't think it's close. Whether another body is brought in before the trade deadline or not remains to be seen but as I said, I hope it doesn't happen - not for a top four rounds pick at least.
And I don't think it should have to happen. This is the point, the additions of Boone and Long and the conversation of others excuses the terrible drafting of offensive linemen over the last five years.
Let's take a look at the list shall we.
2016 - Willie Beavers
2015 - TJ Clemmings, Tyrus Thompson, Austin Shephard
2014 - David Yankey
2013 - Jeff Baca, Travis Bond
2012 - Matt Kahlil