Oakland and Gerard Warren: Did The Raiders Just Show Their Hand?

Raider Card Addict@RaidercardadictSenior Writer IMarch 14, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit by Gerard Warren #61 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Oakland's move yesterday had a few fans wondering what Al Davis was doing.

Modifying the team from top to bottom? Making way for a youth movement? Or trying to show his hand on what to expect for the draft?

In the recent past, the Raiders have ditched a RB in Justin Fargas, where there is a glut of players, Javon Walker, who was causing the team to bleed money, Greg Ellis, who was injury-prone. Younger players made Ellis expendable, while Walker's position is more simply filled by the present corps.

But what about Warren?

97 Tackles in three years, 10 sacks, a safety and some passes defensed, not bad, but considering what Oakland has had for a defense, one has to wonder if it was to pave the way for a draft pick, or more shuffling on the defensive line.

As it stands right now, up front you have Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy, then you have Trevor Scott, Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard.

One or two injuries, and you're looking at the waiver wire for spare parts.

The draft does stand to help the Raiders, who in the past have benefitted from mid-round picks, such as Trevor Scott (sixth round), Matt Shaughnessy (third round), but the Raiders might still be watching for a free agent pickup along the way.

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Not quite worried....but it does cause a few moments of wonder, about what goes on at Raiders HQ.