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The Raiders are a literal example of what not to do as a team. Sign a few superstars to huge contracts and surround them with garbage and hope that you win. In fact the Raiders have a couple of those superstars possibly entering the free agency this year. The first-and-confirmed one being No. 21, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the other being No. 92, big, athletic defensive tackle Richard Seymour. Both would easily be the top defensive talents at their positions in the free agency, and considering how badly the Seahawks are deprived of star talent on the defensive side of the ball (minus Lofa Tatupu and Marcus Trufant, who are both severely hobbled by previous injury) I think they should chase one of these Raiders down if given the chance. And considering how aggressively Paul Allen and Co. can be at getting their man, I think it would be worth getting proven talent that is actually worth paying for over opening the wallet for over-the-hill players like Mike Wahle, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Shaun Alexander. One of these two men, if added to the roster, could work wonders for our boys in blue.
Nnamdi Asomugha is quite easily the best cornerback in the game of football today, and I say that despite how everyone raves over Darrelle Revis and Charles Woodson. Revis Island is very good at getting opposing WRs lost on it's sands, but that's about all it does—take one player out of the game.
Charles Woodson is old and is starting to lose steam, outside of his amazing campaign last year he has just been servicable at mostly locking down possession receivers.
Nnamdi Asomugha is special in the fact that he isn't old, he has elite physical ability, and he can literally shut down one-third of the field on his own, and that's saying something. He can cover two opposing receivers, provided they are close, and even shut down short passes and run plays. He is that quick to react on the ball. Picking him up would allow him to form a formidable tandem with former Pro Bowler Marcus Trufant, or open up the possibility of trading Marcus in the draft to a team looking for a corner. He would bring an instant lift to our pass defense as teams would just refuse to throw the ball his way. I think a player who commands that much respect is worth $10-15 million, which is probably what he will be asking for. I just hope that he doesn't land with the Jets, because that would be scary.
Richard Seymour is a big man who really has been fairly under the radar since he left New England. The truth is that he has created all the pressure for the Raiders on a line that is lacking much talent outside of the recently-drafted Lamarr Houston.
What we learned this last year is that the Seahawks are fairly thin on the defensive line and that Junior Siavii has the strength of a baby when playing either tackle position and that Craig Terrill really doesn't belong on an NFL roster.
A Seymour/Mebane combination at the tackle spots should scare opposing tail and quarterbacks greatly as both are very strong and can generate impressive penetration when they have more than just skeletons on either side of them.
Colin Cole could still serve as a rotational DT to allow both to rest for spells and it would also allow him to play time at the Elephant tackle end position to spell Red Bryant. Cole and Siavii would be very servicable backups and all of a sudden, our defensive line would be a force to be reckoned with. As any great football mind would say, a team's success begins and ends in the trenches, and boy would many plays end with Seymour, Mebane, and Clemmons/Brock up in a QB's face.
If we could bring one of these two in it would do wonders for us, and I say one because both would just take too much away from our salary cap. Like I said, you can't build winners out of teams crammed to the brim with a few highly-paid superstars and garbage. It didn't work for the Raiders and it wouldn't work here. I like the way New England (the anti-Raiders) run things. They keep talent, but when that talent wants too much money to remain with the team, the talent is sent packing elsewhere to ruin other teams...like the Raiders.