Bringing Jared Gaither back makes sense for Ravens

August 06, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

Call me crazy. Call me insane. Say whatever you want.

But I want Jared Gaither back with the Ravens.

The offensive tackle failed his physical with the Raiders that cost him a potential contract in Oakland.

Most fans in Baltimore want no part of him. They think he doesn’t want to play. People do not believe he’s motivated. Is he hurt? Does he care? The questions go on and on.

But the one question that has been answered is that Jared Gaither is very good left tackle when he’s healthy. A healthy Jared Gaither would be an asset to any team.

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Regardless of what some want to believe, this guy wants to play football. Go check his Twitter. Does that sound like a guy who doesn’t want to be involved in the game?

For all the questions about his character, why did former Ravens QB coach Hue Jackson, who watched Joe Flacco flourish behind Gaither at LT for two seasons in Baltimore, jump at the chance to bring Gaither to Oakland?

Here’s what Jackson had to say about Gaither.

“He’s a tremendous player,” Jackson said. “When he’s healthy, he’s one of the better left tackles in the league. He has extremely long arms, very tall, very long. He’s a good football player. Again, there’s a question of health, and we’re going to do everything that we need to do to make sure that we know exactly where he is

Also some comments from defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, who went up against Gaither when he was with the Cleveland Browns and Gaither was in Baltimore from 2007-2009.

“He is a physical player, has great feet and I think he can help this team out if he comes here. He has ability, and he has the tools to make it tough on his opponents. When you are trying to rush, his long arms definitely create space. He has the ability to reset and things like that. Quick hands, quick feet, strong guy – those are the things you look for in an offensive tackle.”

So Gaither’s talent isn’t a question. I feel like that’s been pretty well established.

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