Yeah, Shaffer is set to cash in this off-season. Even with Lepsis potentially on the market, he's clearly the #2 left tackle available, now that Backus has been tagged. There is a huge premium on LTs that's why in any given year there is maybe 2-4 LTs available via free agency (usually the average ones) and maybe 3-5 guys in the draft.
I don't expect the Falcons to make a big signing at LT for a veteran. I would expect the Falcons to go after one of these names: Mike Pearson, Todd Steussie, Ephraim Salaam, and Trey Teague. Teague and Salaam have started on Gibbs-coached lines. Pearson is injury-prone but is a talented OT that hasn't quite adjusted to the NFL. Steussie is a veteran that is probably a better fit at RT, but would at the very least be a decent backup.
Let's just cross our fingers and hope Omi is ready or we can find a decent guy (Colledge) in the draft.
Glad to hear McCrary is coming back, not so with Beverly. But if he's not getting paid as much, I'll live with it.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.