As players reported to the first day of offseason workouts in Alameda on Monday, some familiar faces came rolling in. Players we had not heard reports of being resigned, that is.
In rolled CB/KR Justin Miller, who apparently resigned for two years more than a week ago. Defensive tackle William Joseph showed up to the facility, apparently after having signed an undisclosed deal. Ricky Brown, Jon Alston, and Jon Condo all have signed one year tender offers as well, keeping them all here for another season.
Miller's signing alone might be a hint to Raider fans that even if available, Jeremy Maclin from Missouri will not be the Raiders selection at pick number seven. Having Miller back and already having Johnnie Lee Higgins on board would almost undoubtedly rule out the Raiders selecting a return specialist.
Joseph, entering his seventh season, is depth at defensive tackle. Brown and Alston, who combined for ten starts last season, will compete for an outside linebacker position. Combined with Condo, the three of them are all special teams players as well.
Jay Richardson told Raiders.com, "It's good to be back, good to see a lot of the old faces and teammates, good to see some of the coaches. It's good to see some of my old teammates like Trevor Scott, the young phenom. I love this area, I love the Bay Area so its good to be back."
I hate to keep whistling the same old song, but things sure do seem different. There is still a long way to go though, for the Raiders. But as they continue to amaze their fans this offseason, it sure seems like they're doing it the right way.