Samson Satele Is Another Great Addition to the Raider's Offensive Line

Jeff LeetsCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO. - NOVEMBER 30:  Chad Pennington #10 and Samson Satele #63 of the Miami Dolphins line up against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Dolphins beat the Rams 16-12.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

A steal!

That is how anyone who knows what this guy is capable of entering his 3rd season out of Hawaii is saying.  The one constant about Satele is that he is durable.  He plays the game with a mean streak.  He plays the game with passion and pride. 

This is another upgrade on an offensive line that while improving towards the end of the season, is still capable of getting better.  Jake Grove was a warrior in the trenches and I wish him the best.  The problem with Jake was that he was often injured and no real chemistry can be built when the center is constantly changing in front of Jamarcus Russell. 

Ask anyone who has played or knows the game of football and they will tell you that the chemistry between the center and quarterback is very important.  Timing between the two is priority No. 1 and when someone is there one week and out the next it hurts that connection.

Al Davis continues to impress with upgrades on the offensive line via free agency.  The word in Oakland is that he is now aware of what his past mistakes, whether they be draft busts or free agency signings, have done to this once great team. 

Look for the trend of surrounding Jamarcus Russell with legitimate players to continue.  Many holes still exist, but the fact that Mr. Davis is addressing the problem and not looking for the next 4.3 40 Yard Dash guy is evidence that this team is moving in the right direction. 

I mean if you can pull off a trade and give up a 6th round pick for a mid 2nd round center that has started every single game since his college career, you are doing something right.