Yep, quality starting LTs are rarely available via free agency, so whenever guys do become available, teams over pay. And it's not just LTs, but RTs get the same treatment, except their contracts aren't as big. That's how it was with Weiner when we signed him back in 2002. Shaffer is the best LT available since Lepsis and Backus were plucked off the market.
I believe Shaffer is going to continue to develop into a good NFL player. In Cleveland, now with Bentley, Andruzzi, Shaffer, Tucker, and Coleman, they have a solid OL. The Browns have built themselves a line that should be able to clear holes for Droughns.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.