After looking over the waiver wire, I noticed a few intriguing names at positions that the Raiders could use help at, or a chance to save money.
For instance, the Bengals waived Marvin White and the Chiefs waived Bernard Pollard, the Cardinals waived Aaron Francisco, all of whom have had had better production at safety than Hiram Eugene and Michael Huff. Cnsidering Huff's salary, it would be wise for the Raiders to make a swap.
Another name on the wire is RT Tony Pashos. I think Pashos was cut because the Jaguars wanted to load-up on young tackles in the draft. I'm not sure if the cut is a reflection of lack of talent, but the result of a change of direction by Jacksonville. Pashos would be an upgrade over starter Cornell Green, and backup Erik Pears.
The Packers waived QB Brian Brohm. His progress had been poor, but I wonder if that resulted from a lack of opportunity behind Aaron Rodgers. Bruce Gradkowski showed some promise in preseason, but that is preseason. Brohm might have more raw potential than Gradkowski as a backup to JaMarcus Russell.
The Eagles waived AJ Feeley, whom like Brohm, would make for a solid backup.
The Chiefs cut former Bengals starting center Eric Ghiaciuc, whom could be a valuable backup for a line that is line in terms of depth.
The most intriguing name on the list is DT Marcus Thomas, or RB Marcus Thomas. I cannot confirm which player was waived...but assuming it was Thomas the DT.
The Broncos appear to have waived their productive defensive-tackle, whom was likely cut because Denver has switched from a 4-3 system to the 3-4, under new defensive-coordinator Mike Nolan.
Thomas could certainly help the Raiders by allowing them to move on from the hefty salary of Terdell Sands, but also get younger at the position with a player that has plenty of upside; he just fell through the cracks of a direction change in the turbulent Denver organization.
Shaun Smith from the Cleveland Browns, was waived by the Lions. I say it that way because Smith did not play in Detroit for 2008, but was an offseason acquisition. Smith's previous production and age lead me to believe that he has more to offer than William Joseph.
Cornerback Marcus McCauley from the Vikings would be a solid addition to the roster.
I hope that the Raiders move quickly and realize that the aforementioned players might be castoffs, but not for lack of talent, but because they no longer fit the schemes and plans of their team, and that swaps can benefit the Raiders by cutting payroll, getting younger, and adding raw talent.