Oakland Raiders Having a Rough Start to the Post-Lockout Season

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIJuly 30, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Before the four-month lockout in the NFL, the Raiders were making a lot of noise. 

They re-signed Richard Seymour, a proven leader on the team.  They re-signed Stanford Routt, whether they overpaid him or made a wise investment is yet to be seen.  They also kept guys like Jon Henderson and Rock Cartwright who did well in limited playing time and special teams.  They also tendered contracts to Michael Bush and Zach Miller.

Since the lockout was lifted, it has been all downhill for the Raiders.  The best news that I have heard is that long snapper Jon Condo has re-signed with Oakland.

The Raiders have lost Bruce Gradkowski, a man who Raider Nation will forever remember as the man who in 2009 brought the Raiders back from the dead to beat the Bengals and Steelers.  Although he would be behind Jason Campbell, he was a fan favorite for those two wins.

But Bruce leaving Oakland isn't as bad as the other bad news.  Nnamdi Asomugha is officially out of Oakland and on his way to Philly.  There was hope that he would stay when he let three days go by without announcing his decision.  Some people thought he was waiting for the Raiders to clear cap room.  But no, he is now an Eagle. At least he didn't cross the bay to San Francisco.

When it finally looked like the Raiders would get a big boost to the offensive line, the man who Oakland was on the verge of signing, Jared Gaither, failed his physical, and the Raiders offensive line will not get their much needed new left tackle.

It has been nothing but bad news for the Raiders since free agency began.  It doesn't help that Zach Miller is still unsigned and can be snatched by another team while Kamerion Wimbley restructures his $11 million franchise tag into a long term contract.

Things can get better for the Raiders pretty soon.  On the bright side, all the rookies were signed and in training camp before the first practice.  If Joseph Barksdale can be a solid offensive tackle, the Raider fans will soon forget about almost getting Jared Gaither.

And if DeMarcus Van Dyke or Chimidi Chekwa can have good rookie seasons, they will lessen the pain from the Asomugha departure.