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Baker's rookie contract in 2008 was for five years, expiring at the end of the 2012 season. His base salary for 2011 is $1,012,500, and is set to go to $1,951,250 in 2012.

http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/sam-baker/

"Baker has one year left on his original five-year, $13.5 million contract. His salary next season: $1.95 million. It remains to be seen whether the Falcons will bring him back next year. But there is nothing to suggest that they have their anchor for the line. In fact, everything suggests the contrary."

http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2011/11/02/one-reason-for-ryans-struggles-sam-baker-hurt-again/?cp=2

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At least he's not being paid much. He'll be cheap to resign if he plays well at right guard. He should compete for the right guard spot next year. Even if he gets beat out, he can be cut at that salary, or he makes for an overpriced back up. If he does well, he will be cheap to resign as a guard and keeps continuity on the line.

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Baker has the physical tools to be great. His problem is his personality and life style.

He lives in sort of a La-La land in his head. He is a kid at heart. Work is not part of his world view. He would rather be out on a mountain camping or in someones basement playing video games. He's definitely not mature enough to be great in the NFL.

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Eh I say keep Svitek, trade Baker or move him to RG next offseason. Draft a new LT to eventually replace Svitek. Hawley is going to be our starting Center next season after McClure retires.

Man are we 100% Mclure or Gonzalez are retiring next year I got a feeling TG will definitely be back and maybe Mclure aswell I like how Hawley is progressing though and is going good at RG.

Baker well its cut time I'm afraid and Draft or FA beckons for a replacement I think if Svitek can be serviceable for another season draft may well be the place to look for another guy unless another Joe Thomas turns up hahahaha..wishful thinking.

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With no first round pick in the next draft it will be difficult to get a starting caliber LT where we will be picking in the second round. That being said he will probably not be cut before his contract is up. Svitek will do a good job until then with Baker finding another spot on the line or serving as backup next season.

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Baker has the physical tools to be great. His problem is his personality and life style.

He lives in sort of a La-La land in his head. He is a kid at heart. Work is not part of his world view. He would rather be out on a mountain camping or in someones basement playing video games. He's definitely not mature enough to be great in the NFL.

That describes most players, who overcome that problem with athletic ability.

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2004: Baker, who was switched from offensive guard to tackle prior to 2004 spring practice, started all of 2004 at left offensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2004 and he did an outstanding job. He made All-Pac-10 second team. He also was USC's 2004 Offensive Lineman of the Year.

2003: Baker redshirted as a freshman offensive guard in 2003, his first year at USC.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Tustin (Calif.) High. On defense in 2002, he made 34 tackles, with 2.5 sacks. He also competed in track at Tustin.

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If McClure retires this offseason, move Hawley to starting C, Blalock to RG, let Baker and Mike Johnson compete at LG, keep Svitek at LT (draft competition in the 3rd or 4th rounds this year), problem solved.

This^

Blalock was originally a RG in college and it allows Johnson to play his natural position. I'm just afraid that if we keep Baker around, the coaches will be pressured to start him b/c of when he was drafted.

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HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Tustin (Calif.) High. On defense in 2002, he made 34 tackles, with 2.5 sacks. He also competed in track at Tustin.

^^^ He competed in track??? LOL. Id love to see video of him running the relay...

Much rather see a video of you running a relay....LOL

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The pressure to start him has been relieved when his replacement did exceptionally well against arguably the best RDE in the league. If he does the same this week all pressure will be gone. If all else fails we can always go the tebow route and put up a billboard protesting him near the practice facility.

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