10 Moves the Oakland Raiders Can Make Before the Season
The Raiders have had a pretty busy off-season so far. They revamped the defensive front seven, brought in a new QB, and added depth to nearly every position.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that the Raiders still have, at least, one more significant move to make before the season, maybe a big free agency signing, a trade, or even a big supplemental draft move.
Here's a look at some moves the Raiders may make before the season.
Trade For Troy Smith
The Ravens recently signed Marc Bulger, and his $3.8 million contract suggests that he wasn't brought in to be the back-up.
Troy Smith had made his wish to be traded known before the Bulger signing, and now appears even more expendable.
The Ravens have reportedly been shopping Smith for a fifth-rounder, receiving little to no interest.
As it stands, he can be had for a very reasonable price.
This would be a great move for the Raiders. Though Jason Campbell is almost guaranteed the starting QB position, they lack quality depth and insurance behind him.
Troy Smith would add versatility to the Raiders' offense.
Trade For Patrick Crayton
Once upon a time, Patrick Crayton was a go-to receiver in Dallas. But over the last few years, it seems as though the Cowboys have done nothing but try to replace him, bringing in players like Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, and Dez Bryant. With the recent emergence of Miles Austin, he has become obsolete.
Crayton has made his displeasure known, asking for a trade. He wants to be part of a team where he will have more involvement with the offense, and Oakland is the perfect place.
Trade For Osi Umenyiora
Yet another player unhappy with his current situation, Osi has asked to be traded, citing his lack of playing time and involvement with the Giants' defense.
Sure, you can argue that the Raiders are already stacked at defensive end, but if there is something better out there, why not go for it?
Used sparingly last year, mostly as a pass rusher, Osi totaled 29 tackles, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles.
The only problem with such a move is the current talent that the Raiders have at the position. Osi may be just as unhappy in Oakland because he would have to share playing time with Matt Shaughnessy, Richard Seymour, Lamarr Houston, and Jay Richardson.
Bring Back Justin Fargas
For the last three years, Justin Fargas has been the heart and soul of the Raider offense, running with reckless abandon into punishing defenses. Ultimately though, his running style and lack of concern for his own well-being resulted in his demise.
Fargas failed a physical, resulting in his release. He is now a free agent who has yet to find a team.
There is no reason that the Raiders can't bring Fargas back home to serve a less prominent role in the offense.
Bring in Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson recently turned 34 and sat out the entire 2009 season, but he has the itch to play again.
Anderson views his role in counseling young players to be as critical as fending off opposing pass rushers.
"There's no manual for playing in the NFL, no book that explains to a young guy everything you're going to go through, all the ups and downs you'll experience in a career...and how to prepare for life [after football]."
"I think someone who has been through it all, has seen all the sides on and off the field, has a better chance to [impart] all of those things. And I think that's basically a part of what I have to offer either as a player or as a former player."
This is undoubtedly something that the Raiders are in need of, as they have a lot of raw talent on the O-line. Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell would especially benefit from such a move.
Sign Chester Pitts
Since being drafted by the expansion Texans in 2002, Chester Pitts started the first 114 games of the franchise before injuring his knee early last season. Throughout his career, he has started at every position on the O-line except for center. But as of late, he has settled in at guard.
This summer, Pitts was supposed to hold a private workout which all interested parties could attend. But the workout has been postponed, suggesting he may be behind in his rehab.
If healthy, Pitts could add versatility and depth to the O-line, and may even still prove to be a viable starter.
Sign Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens is 36, but even at that age, he recorded 55 receptions and 829 yards last year. That's nearly double what the Raiders' leading receiver put up.
His production is something that cannot be denied, but Owens has been called a locker room cancer, selfish, a team killer, a diva, and various other names.
Yet he would demand respect from defenses and bring bring the big play ability that the Raiders have lacked for so long at receiver.
His work ethic would also be a positive influence on much of the locker room.
Signing Terrell Owens would be a double-edged sword. You would get a productive, hard worker but also, a polarizing character in the locker room.
Sign Flozell Adams
Flozell Adams is not only a seasoned veteran at 35, but a mean one.
His mean streak is well-known throughout the league as some of his NFC East rivals have even gone as far as to call him out on his "dirty" play.
Last year, the five-time Pro Bowl left tackle started all 16 games for the Cowboys, but is now looking for a job.
Signing Adams would add an immediate starter to the Raiders O-line for at least a year. Who knows, maybe his mean streak could rub off on guys like Bruce Campbell and Jared Veldheer.
Bring in Brian Westbrook
Just three years ago, Brian Westbrook totaled over 2,100 all-purpose yards.
Now, after reaching the benchmark running back age of 30, Brian Westbrook is obsolete, injury-prone, and unemployed.
Westbrook would bring versatility, quality depth, leadership, and insurance to an already solid running back position.
Sign Kevin Curtis
At 31, Kevin Curtis has seen it all: injuries, playoffs, the Super Bowl, and even a 1,000 yard season.
He has a reputation for being a deep threat receiver who is able to stretch the field. This makes him a perfect fit in the Raiders' vertical offense.
Unfortunately though, the last two seasons, he has battled injuries. That, paired with the emergence of Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, prompted the Eagles to release him.
He would add veteran leadership, reliable hands, and depth to the Raiders receiving corps.
Trade for Albert Haynesworth
Trade for Jared Gaither
Grab Harvey Unga or another playmaker from the supplemental draft
Sign Laveranues Coles
Sign Kevin Mawae