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Oakland Raiders Final 53 Man Roster Has Holes and Says a Trade Is Coming

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20:  Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders jumps over Seth Smith #26 of the San Francisco 49ers while running with the ball at Candlestick Park on August 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIISeptember 4, 2011

The Oakland Raiders have released their 53-man roster—and it's far from finalized.  A lot of the cuts were expected, while other  were questionable, like left guard Daniel Loper and quarterback Trent Edwards. Neither were expected to start, but both provided quality depth at their respective positions. The Raiders also kept a questionable amount of players at some other positions.

The Raiders are currently overstocked at running back, with Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Taiwan Jones, Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett all making the cut. This leads me to believe the Raiders are listening to offers for Michael Bush. He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, so the Raiders would be wise to at least listen to what they can get for him.  If the right deal comes along, I say pull the trigger.  Maybe they could work something out with the Bears for disgruntled linebacker Lance Briggs. 

The Raiders are thin along the offensive line and defensive backfield after the cuts. They have just three guards, one center, four corners, and one free safety.  With three strong safeties, although Mike Mitchell is currently on crutches, the Raiders obviously have to make a move in these departments.  I thought corners Lito Sheppard and Sterling Moore were going to make the team, so I was surprised to see them go.  

Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather would be a good pickup.  The Raiders could also take a look at corners Nathan Vasher and Joselio Hanson, as both would provide some solid play at corner. Maybe the Raiders will try to bring back Loper at a reduced price.  He was expected to be the starter when the Raiders signed him for $4 million.

Well that's it for now.  Did I miss anything?  Is there anybody else out there the Raiders should try to sign?

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