There has been quite a whirl of ideas by Raiders fans on how to turnaround the club after seven years of waiting to see the Raiders head in the right direction.
Here though are four moves that the Raiders could make this offseason in order to contend in the AFC West in 2010.
1. Acquire defensive-tackle Albert Haynesworth from Washington
Recently, I wrote an article in which I said that the Raiders could swap Richard Seymour for Albert Haynesworth of Washington.
Most readers seemed to agree that Haynesworth would be a great addition, but would want to keep Seymour.
Though this idea may be wishful thinking, I started to think that the Raiders could trade either Kirk Morrison OR Thomas Howard (one or the other) and perhaps a fifth round pick for Haynsworth, as the Redskins will now need another linebacker to convert from the 4-3 defense to the 3-4; a move which has made Haynesworth discontent.
Also, much of the guaranteed money has already been paid to Haynesworth.
2. Trade down in first round of Draft with Baltimore for LT Jared Gaither
This move would save the Raiders' second round pick and would allow the Ravens to select safety Eric Berry.
Ravens safety Ed Reed has contemplated retirement due to injury.
The Raiders would then be able to select an offensive lineman such as Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Iupati, Rodger Saffold, or even Bruce Campbell.
With this move however, the Raiders could fill two needs without much cost, and the deal would be good for both sides.
3. Load up on offensive lineman
Obviously, adding Haynesworth and Seymour is not likely a long-term solution, but would be great for the immediate future.
Nevertheless, a long-term solution for the Raiders is to groom a stout offensive line. Assuming that the Raiders can acquire Gaither and use the first round pick for OL, the Raiders could then use the second round pick on another offensive lineman.
I would also target another offensive lineman on the second day, such as Brandon Carter, as a good measure for competition and depth.
4. Add defensive depth in the Draft/acquire a pick for Morrison or Howard
Assuming that the Raiders can swing a trade for Haynesworth, that would likely leave question marks at middle linebacker.
If the Raiders traded only one linebacker plus a draft pick, the Raiders could still acquire a draft pick for the remaining linebacker.
Linebacker AJ Edds or Pat Angerer of Iowa seem like good value picks in the third and fourth round. Even though Kamerion Wimbley was brought in at linebacker, Edds could play strong-side, which would free up Wimbley to be primarily a pass rusher.
The Raiders could also use a young cornerback to groom. I like AJ Jefferson in the third round.
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