Oakland Raiders Free Agent Class: Who Will Come and Go
Who should we keep? Who should we let go? Well, here are the 2010 notable free agents for the Raiders:
Richard Seymour, DE. The Raiders acquired him a week before the season started. He had a total of 4 sacks (a pair of them in two games). He played well, but he didn't play like a guy who was worth what is potentially a top-10 pick in '11. The Raiders will definitely do all they can to keep him. Ultimately Seymour will probably be franchised. Verdict: Re-signed
Bruce Gradkowski , QB. The biggest criticsm of him is that he has an underwhelming arm. But his mobility allows him to make plays. He is great in the clutch. When Gradkowski got his chance to start, he had two (almost three) fourth quarter comebacks. He is also a fiery leader. Verdict: Re-signed
Kirk Morrison, MLB. He is the middle linebacker for a team that is one of the worst run defenses perennially. He often misses his assignments, which allows big plays to happen. This was especially evident in Week 17 vs. the Ravens. Morrison is okay against the pass, and has some athleticism. The Raiders should upgrade, but unless they get Rolando McClain in the draft, they won't find anyone better. Verdict: Re-signed
Thomas Howard , OLB. He is one of the more speedier linebackers, but isn't great against the run. He has good speed for the position. That's why he can matchup better with TEs and RBs then most outside linebackers. Howard has a bright future in the NFL. Verdict: Re-signed
Tyvon Branch, FS. He started to play really well at the end of the season. He is a tackling machine (led the team in tackles at one point). Branch has great range, but isn't a physical safety. He doesn't have great instincts in pass-coverage situations.He still has lots of potential he hasn't reached yet. Verdict: Resigned
Ricky Brown , OLB. He played well enough in training camp to challenge Morrison a spot a MLB. Brown is as physical and scrappy as they come. He's average vs. the run, and vs. the pass. He is extremely injury prone (landed on IR last two seasons). Verdict: Free Agent
Sebastian Janikowski, PK, KO. He had one of the best seasons of his career this season. He was dynamite under 50 yards, and even made a 61 yard field goal. Janikowski has arguably the strongest leg of any PK, and just for that he is needed in Oakland. Verdict: Re-signed
Cornell Green, RT. He blocked below-average in 2009. He's not quick enough to block against the new speed rushers nowadays. I think he'd be much better against the traditional bull rushers. Green has a good frame, but he's too old now. And it showed. Verdict: Free Agent
Other Notables: CB Stanford Routt, S Hiram Eugene, T Khalif Barnes
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