2011 NFL Free Agency: Troy Smith and Other Players Who Could Be Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are a team that is ready to make noise in 2011. New coach Hue Jackson is eager to get his team in Oakland. Leaders like Richard Seymour and Jason Campbell have got more than half the team together for workouts during the lockout.
Over 70 percent of the Raiders players are under 30 years old and only two of their projected starters on both offense and defense are over 30. The Raiders are a young team and don't need to do too much in free agency to improve.
There are some areas that the Raiders could address in free agency to add more depth on their roster. Let's take a look at five guys who the Raiders should really consider.
Quarterback Troy Smith
Smith had a rough year in San Francisco in 2010. He completed 50 percent of his passes. He threw for five touchdowns and four interceptions, but he would be a quality back up for Campbell.
Smith has played under Jackson in Baltimore and would add great depth to the quarterback position. Smith has the ability to make plays with his feet and is a great leader on the field.
The Raiders will most likely let Bruce Gradkowski go and keep Kyle Boller. Don't be surprised to see Jackson bring in some of his old players from other teams that he liked.
Wide Receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh
Houshmandzadeh caught 30 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 2010 for the Baltimore Ravens.
The Raiders have plenty of young receivers on their roster, but not one of them has proven he can be a number one guy. This year should see an increase in production for the receiving corps in Oakland. The Raiders still need a veteran guy who can make plays, but doesn't demand the ball on every pass.
Houshmandzadeh would be a perfect fit for the Raiders. He is in the latter part of his career, but he is a true professional and has experience with coach Jackson. He still has plenty of touchdowns and catches to make, but he won't take away too much playing time from the young receiving group.
Guard Kyle Kosier
Kosier started 13 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. He is 6'5" and weighs 309 pounds. He has the size that the Raiders need to build a bully along the offensive line.
The Raiders will be losing Robert Gallery and could be losing Langston Walker, Daniel Loper and Khalif Barnes to free agency. They have four young offensive linemen that are hoping to start in 2011, but the need for a veteran guy is always there.
Kosier could be a starter for the Raiders if one of the younger guys isn't ready, but he also would bring depth to the offensive line. Kosier is a nine-year veteran who has experience and a proven track record.
Cornerback Phillip Buchanon
Would the Raiders consider a reunion with their former first-round pick? Nnamdi Asomugha and Michael Huff could be on their way out of Oakland.
Buchanon recorded 49 tackles and two interceptions last season as a Washington Redskin. The Raiders secondary could have two new starters in 2011 and are in need of some depth at the cornerback position.
Oakland has plenty of young players and also have Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson playing cornerback. Adding one more veteran would not be a bad idea.
Moss had 93 receptions for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns in 2010. He would add a proven weapon to the Oakland Raiders if he is signed.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford are all young players who should enjoy the best seasons of their young careers in 2011. Chaz Schilens' health will be a concern for the Raiders even though he is starting to get healthy.
Giving your quarterback more weapons is not a bad thing, especially when you have a guy who can make catches on a consistent basis. Moss can be a guy that can step in and make plays and his experience with Campbell could provide the Raiders with more fireworks on offense.
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