Oakland Raiders: New C.B.A Rules Will Make Al Davis a Busy Man
The NFL players and owners are back at it again in Boston trying to bang out a new agreement. That is a very good sign but there is some very interesting news coming out of Boston these days.
Everyone that reports on the situation speaks of how close the two sides are and how deal will get done soon. ESPN's Adam Schefter via twitter revealed a little part of what the new C.B.A. is expected to consist of a couple of days ago.
Okay, it's a big part!
According to Schefter, unrestricted free agency will be at four years if the proposed deal holds up. http://twitter.com/#!/AdamSchefter/status/83235781786869760.
Turn the page to see how much is on Davis' plate.
Under this new agreement, Zach Miller will be an unrestricted free agent that must be signed. Davis was negotiating with Miller before the last deal expired but ran out of time before closing the deal.
The Contra Costa times was able to get a reading on how Miller felt about remaining a Raider a couple of months ago. "It feels good." Miller said. "It'd be great to be a back in Oakland. I really feel like we're headed in the right direction with Hue Jackson and the way things are going. We had preliminary discussions before the deadline and I'm sure they'll pick up again once there's a C.B.A. in place and we get back to business."
Raider Nation hopes what Miller said is indicative of what's to come when an agreement is reached. The 2010 Pro Bowl tight end is a great blocker in the run game, as well as a good receiver.
That makes him pretty important.
Michael Bush is also an important man in the Raider offense who will become an unrestricted free agent.
When McFadden is healthy, Bush is the short yardage specialist and clock killer when the Raiders have the lead in the fourth quarter. When McFadden is hurt, Bush goes in and there isn't any drop-off in production, as he rushed for over 100 yards twice in three starts for McFadden.
Raider Nation seems to be high on small school wonder Taiwan Jones but he's no Bush.
Therefore, Davis shouldn't let him go.
I'm afraid of this one because I'm sure a cap is coming.
Gaither Now Possible
My dream is alive again!
Many of you readers know how bad I want Baltimore Raven left tackle Jared Gaither to come to Raider Nation. In his first two years of starting, he allowed a total of just five sacks while playing in Hue Jackson and Al Saunders' offense in Baltimore.
Jackson has since brought the offense to Raider Nation and added Saunders to his coaching staff. Therefore, there will be no concerns about Gaither learning the playbook with the shortened offseason.
This will allow Jared Veldheer to move to the right side and become a dominant player. Daniel Loper and Bruce Campbell will be the guards, Stefen Wisniewski will take the center spot and the 2011 "bully" is born in Oakland.
The skill positions are filled with talent so this offensive line would make the Raiders contenders.
Sidney Rice Now Possible
Big time deep threat Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings is also available.
You know Davis loves his deep threats.
I have him as a possibility but I really don't see it as a true need for the money he'll cost. The Raiders have a talented cast of receivers, not including Darrius Heyward-Bey, who are ready to break out.
The Raiders didn't have too good of luck with the last deep threat they got from Minnesota.
How's his hip anyway?
Joseph Now Possible
If Nnamdi Asomugha chases the money out of Raider Nation, Jonathan Joseph is a good candidate for the Raiders to bring in. This young corner is very talented and could very well ascend the top five at his position with some coaching from Rod Woodson.
The two are familiar with each other.
Woodson was an intern defensive back coach for the Bengals in 2009.
Remember, it took Asomugha a while to become who he is.
The new C.B.A. proposal is two-fold.
The Raiders now have to work hard to keep some of the guys they had through 2010. But there are some guys in key positions that can help the Raiders become contenders and now look to be available.
Davis really has choices to make.
What to do about Asomugha?