10 Remaining Free Agents the Oakland Raiders Should Target
Elias Trejo – Mar 15, 2013
I was hesitant to post a list of which free agents the Raiders should target because I knew there wouldn't be much action the first few days and many players would be off the board. Now that the first wave of signings has happened, I have a better idea of who's left and who Oakland may target. Also, keep in mind that they may do more signings as teams make more cuts to create their 53 man roster. Here are 10 guys I think the Raiders should go after.
ILB Nick Barnett:
If the Raiders are unable to sign Nick Roach, who is currently visiting Oakland, then Barnett should be next on the list for the Raiders. Oakland needs a veteran inside linebacker and Barnett could be an option. The 11 year veteran was drafted by the Packers and has ties to Reggie McKenzie. Keep an eye out for him as a possible free agent signing.
CB Captain Munnerlyn:
Munnerlyn was the 216th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He's played for the Panthers his whole career. He is an under the radar guy that has experience as he played in all 16 games last season. He is young and has plenty of upside. This could be a a good pick up by the Raiders if they are able to get him to come to Oakland for a visit.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw:
What are the odds of Bradshaw coming to Oakland? He'd make a great addition to the Raiders running behind Darren McFadden. He also brings in experience and toughness. I'm convinced the Raiders need a strong back up to McFadden as a change of pace, but also as an insurance policy in the event that McFadden goes down. Bradshaw has injury concerns, but may benefit from rotating with McFadden.
RB Michael Turner
Oakland could use a bruising back like Turner. He is still healthy enough to split carries with McFadden or take 40% of the carries. He, like Bradshaw, comes from a playoff contender, but may be willing to come to Oakland to team up with McFadden. It's no secret McFadden hasn't played a full season, so Turner could get an opportunity to fill in as the full time starter. Turner still has plenty left in the tank, but will no longer be paid like a starting running back.
OG Brandon Moore:
The Raiders need to improve their interior line situation. Bringing in Brandon Moore would give them a starter to replace Cooper Carlisle and someone else to compete with Mike Brisiel and 2nd year player Tony Bergstrom. Moore made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and is a dependable player. He hasn't missed a game since 2003. The Raiders need to get better along the line of scrimmage and he could be an answer.
WR Chad Johnson:
The Raiders need a veteran wide receiver and I believe Johnson should get a serious look. They need to look at anyone that could improve their team and it's hard to argue that Johnson wouldn't at least improve their depth at wide receiver. Johnson would come at a bargain as he sat out all of 2012. Signing him to a one year deal or just bringing him in to compete for a spot on the roster could benefit the Raiders.
ILB Rey Maualuga:
If the Raiders are looking to replace Rolando McClain they may have to take a look at former USC star Maualuga. Maualuga could be used in the Sam linebacker position. Oakland needs to get stronger in the front seven and using Maualuga to play the Sam would help them solidify their linebacking corps. Maualuga could play in the middle, but having him compete for any spot may be good for the Raiders.
DE Lawrence Jackson:
Jackson was hoping to resign with the Lions, but Detriot just signed Jason Jones. This could mean Jackson may be looking for other places to work in 2013. The Raiders could use another defensive end. Jackson is only 27 years old and could be another under the radar guy that the Raiders may like to sign. If Oakland could come away with Hunter and Jackson at defensive end it would be a win for them.
The Raiders should entertain the thought of signing Jammer to a one year deal. They need to improve their secondary and signing Jammer would do that. If Jammer and Terrance Newman both sign, the Raiders would have a very strong cornerback duo in 2008, but in 2013 they won't be too shabby. At the very least it will get them by for one year until they can spend money on different guys.
This may be wishful thinking but the Raiders should make a run at Asomugha. He'd be worth about $4-$6 million and the Raiders cannot afford to go into the season without a decent set of corners. Asomugha is looking for a contender to play for, but it didn't work out the last time he tried that. He's visited the 49ers and maybe he should go across the Bay to see what's new in Alameda. Perhaps playing in Oakland again will revive his career and the team?
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