Before I begin, I want to acknowledge the death of Jack Tatum. Those were the first two words I ever spoke because of my older brothers.
Jared Gaither is definitely a man well-needed in Raider Nation. He remains unhappy in Baltimore so a move for him is possible.
While many question Gaither's heart and work ethic, he has done nothing but produce on the field. His production is certainly that of a man that puts the work in.
Gaither gave up only three sacks last year and combined that with an 89 percent win percentage at the point of attack in the run game. Only one in every ten lineman in the NFL has such an impressive POA percentage.
Gaither is already an elite tackle in the NFL and is surely on his way to being one of the most dominant left tackles in the league.
If he's all that, why did Baltimore draft Michael Ohr and move Gaither to the right side?
It's not that simple.
Gaither was taken in the supplemental draft so his salary doesn't match that of an elite left tackle. Realizing later that he actually was an elite left tackle, he whispered about wanting more money.
The Ravens heard those whispers and realized they only had him for a two-year term. That led to the Ravens picking Ohr, who was the best player on the board anyway.
Upon Ohr's arrival, Giather showed that he was the better player and kept his position. After a great year, the Ravens decide to move Gaither to the right side.
So they can tender him at the right tackle position and pay him less money.
Upon the move, Gaither came up with a strange foot injury and missed a day of minicamp. That was definitely a move of unhappiness.
How would you feel if you earned the right to get paid like an elite left tackle and your team moved you to avoid doing so?
You cannot say that the move was to make the Ravens better.
So what do the Raiders trade for him?
I would give them the second rounder. However, stalling for less is a good move because they won't just keep tendering him.
Stalling too much can lead to another team coming in. The Ravens do need corners and they have a history with Raider corners. Fabian Washington and Chris Carr are there now.
How about Stanford Route and Mario Henderson? I would even do Route and Veldheer. But before you start screaming, just remember that he is a Division II developmental prospect that didn't show dominant power at that level. Another knock on him is that he lacks killer instinct.
Gaither has proven himself and knows the Raider offense better than any player on the team. That's thanks in part to former Raven Assistant, Hue Jackson, when he came to Raider Nation to coordinate the offense.
He's only a year older than Veldheer, so neither Veldheer nor whomever is in the second round next year will help the Raiders more than Gaither could.
The Raiders will get a player that has a good 10 years left so I'd give up the pick. This completes the Raiders as playoff contenders.
Let's be honest. The zone isn't Raider football. Al Davis is known for changing what his coaches do but Samson Satele and Cooper Carlisle certainly buck that trend.
Look at what the Raiders will have:
LT. Jared Gather 6'9, 340 LG. Robert Gallery 6'7, 325 C. Logan Mankins 6'4, 310
RG. Bruce Campbell 6'7 325 (325 by now) RT. Langston Walker 6'8 360
That is an intimidating, physical offensive line. That's what the Raiders are known for just as much as the speedsters Davis loves. That's smash mouth football.
Then Campbell comes up from school with his 92 percent run block point of attack rating. Put him at guard and the Raiders have two speedy guards.
Darren McFadden could use them outside on tosses. They could bring the counter trey back too. Bush would surely gut opposing defenses inside with Mankins in the middle.
Gaither would help Hue Jackson bring the vertical passing game to Oakland as well. He had to hold his block longer in Baltimore as Raven receivers ran 20-yard outs and digs.
I'd give up the whole 2011 draft to make this happen. We have enough youngsters to take a break from the draft. Plus the Raiders could go deep into the playoffs with that unit right away.
Is it too late?
Al made things happen at the 24th hour before last season (Richard Seymour), Somebody get this article to Davis so he can make it happen again.
He may be thinking of it already.