I choke on the term "invested" a bit... they spent a 4th and a 5th... you usually aren't counting on those guys quite so soon to fill an important role. Give those two a year (Ball obviously having effectively redshirted, he's not earned any regard yet as meriting an important role), and see if one or both emerge as legit. Good is a UFA next off-season, so there's no long-term obligation. The bigger question as you suggest is whether to pursue him in a trade--keeping him off the market for some other team that might have a clearer path to playing time for him, but having to take-on that salary number--or to wait to see if the Raiders release him so you can pay him what you'd prefer, but at the risk that he and another team might work out a deal instead. The other thing is... as you said, Joneses can wait. They can wait to see if some other player emerges that is a similar fit, and can wait to see if their young bucks are more ready than history would suggest guys that young (our 21 yr-old projected LG) or drafted that late (our 4th and 5th round OTs) ordinarily would be. If I'm betting, of course, waiting seems to be the best bet for what will happen. I'm just engaging the conversation from the what should happen angle.