Lorenzo Neal Rumored to Raiders: Good News or Bad News?

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IMay 1, 2009

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 14:  Lorenzo Neal #42 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 14, 2008 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Steelers defeated the Ravens 13-9.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It has been reported, but not yet confimed, that former Charger great Lorenzo Neal has signed with the Raiders. As of now it is more rumor than fact, but what could this addition mean to the Raiders?

The Good News 

First, he brings great blocking and experience to our young backfield. He is known as one of the fiercest blocking fullbacks around, and when he left San Diego, Ladianain Tomlinson felt the impact with a drop off in production.

He will likely bring much needed credibility to our offense, both in improving the run game as well as helping out pass blocking, and adding another threat for Jamarcus Russell.

He can also help develop Oren O'neil into a tank at fullback, not that he needs the help for that. 

Lorenzo can also add depth and insurance to a position that was hampered with injury last year.

The Bad News

Lorenzo Neal is 38-years-old, and many question how much he has left in him. Last year he only started five games for the Baltimore Ravens.

Also, this may spell bad news regarding Oren O'neil. Is it possible his knee rehab isn't going as well as hoped? Will Oren be back to his old self and be able to start the season? If he is on the Physically Uunable to Perform list, at least Lorenzo Neal can be insurance.

Whatever happens, let's just hope for the best.