Since being drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft, Loadholt has been locking down the right side of the Vikings’ offensive line. Generally regarded as one of the best right tackles in the league, Loadholt was voted 1st-team All-NFL by Pro Football Focus in 2013.
Unfortunately for Loadholt, he was placed on injured reserve after tearing his pectoral in week 12 of the 2014 season. After working hard to come back at full strength, Loadholt proceeded to injure his Achilles before the start of the 2015 season.
With the Minnesota Vikings unsure of Loadholt’s availability entering this season, Andre Smith was brought in to compete at right tackle. If Loadholt loses the position battle, he very well could find himself on the trading block (even after taking a pay cut this offseason). Loadholt is scheduled to make $4 million this season, which is not a bad price tag for a starting right tackle. However, that would be a lot to pay for a backup. Trading Loadholt would save the Vikings $2 million.
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