Oakland Raiders: Familiar Face Returns, RG Cooper Carlisle Agrees to Deal

Oakland RaiderContributor IIIMarch 19, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 21: Guard Cooper Carlisle #66 of the Oakland Raiders tries to hold off defensive tackle Turk McBride #90 of the Kansas City Chiefs at McAfee Coliseum on October 21, 2007 in Oakland, California. Kansas City won 12-10.  (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
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In a developing story that was only a rumor at one point, the Oakland Raiders have re-signed RG Cooper Carlisle after releasing him just several days earlier. While some may be scratching their head at this move, it is actually a good decision by the Oakland front office.

First of all, Carlisle is a veteran and brings (along with Mike Briesel) valuable experience to a young, but talented offensive line. The Raiders have several players who are only working off one or two years of experience in the NFL (Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski, Bruce Campbell, Joseph Barksdale, to name a few) but have immense talent, and the presence of several veterans will only help their progression in the NFL.

Second, Oakland is rather thin along the offensive line, with the assumption that the now legally entangled Samson Satele will not be returning, and doesn't have any clear idea about a starter at right tackle. This move helps shore up the interior line.

My prediction for a starting lineup at this point would have Veldheer at LT, Briesel at LG, Wisniewski at C, Carlisle at RG and a possible free-agent acquisition or even in house player at RT. That isn't a half bad starting O-line, and if Oakland can master the new zone-blocking scheme, the front five can without a doubt dominate.

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