I guess the question begs.....are the Falcons going to resign him to a multi-year deal after the season? I don't know what we have in Holmes, but when Baker is healthy, he is slightly above average. When he is hurt, he is a pylon. My gut feeling is that Baker is going to be fighting injuries all of his career....
Very good point AJ51. Which is why I think the Falcons have to be very tentative about how they deal with the issue. You don't want to devote $10-15 million guaranteed to a player that you can't trust will stay healthy.
In 2009 started very well for Baker as well, when his production that year was on par with say Jake Long. But then he hurt his ankle around Week 6 and was questionable for the rest of the season and was middling at best.
What the Falcons do I have no idea at this point. Part of me believes that they drafted Holmes with the intention of starting him in 2013 regardless, considering how this team has historically treated Day 1 & 2 draft picks. And another part of me thinks they'll try and re-sign Baker long-term as some sort of "payoff" for all of their patience.
But if Clabo doesn't step up, maybe there's a chance Baker is brought back for a mid-level deal and the Falcons start looking at Holmes replacing CLabo at RT (For the record I do think Holmes projects better as a RT than LT in the NFL).