5 Veterans the Oakland Raiders Should Consider Cutting
Elias Trejo – Aug 21, 2013
The Oakland Raiders play the Chicago Bears on Friday in their third preseason game of the year. This game will not only be a dress rehearsal for the starters as they'll play deep into the third quarter, but it may be the last time many players wear the silver and black this year and perhaps ever. First cuts of the preseason are coming up on August 27th, then final cuts are done on August 31st. Here are five veterans the Oakland Raiders should consider cutting.
Cribbs was an explosive player in his prime as he is one of the most electrifying kick returners in league history. Unfortunately, WAS is the key word. Cribbs has not looked explosive during games, and he hasn't really added much value to the Raiders special teams. The Raiders would be better have having Jacoby Ford and Taiwan Jones return kicks on special teams and save a roster spot to keep an extra tight end or cornerback.
Porter has been injured on and off this offseason and hasn't really performed too well. According to ProFootballFocus.com Porter has been our worst performing cornerback for the Raiders this season. That was evident when the Raiders played the Saints. Porter was constantly thrown at and usually it ended well for the Saints. The cornerback competition for the Raiders is a good one. Young players like T. Jones, Chimdi Chekwa and Chance Casey have performed better than Porter this preseason. His experience is nice, but if it doesn't translate to success on the field, it may not be worth keeping him.
Brisiel was brought in last year to help lead the way for the Raiders zone blocking scheme as he was a Texan with Greg Knapp where they used the zone blocking scheme. Now that the Raiders have changed back a power scheme, Brisiel may not fit well along the offensive line. The Raiders are looking for their best five guys to play along the offensive line. At the guard position, Lucas Nix and Tony Bergstrom are young players who could find themselves starting. Oakland also brought in Andre Gurode to play guard. Brisiel isn't 100% healthy, and it wouldn't make sense to keep him on the roster if we can find a better guard in the market.
Kluwe finds himself in a heated battle for the Raiders punter position. Marquette King has looked solid in the preseason, and is seven years younger than Kluwe. Kluwe will most likely find a job somewhere else if he is cut. The Raiders would be smart to keep King and continue to develop him. He has learned a lot from Kluwe and has a powerful leg. This may be a bold guess by me, but the Raiders aren't likely to keep two punters on the roster. Kluwe seems like a veteran that will be cut soon.
Barron had a terrible game against the Saints when he started at left tackle. Barron had been having a surprisingly good camp and was doing better than most expected. He was even in the mix for starting right tackle before Jared Veldheer was injured. After Veldheer went down, Barron was the next man up for the left tackle position. He performed poorly and is the worst rated tackle on the roster according to PFF. There will likely be several tackles cut from other teams and the Raiders may be forced to go shopping for those tackles. It's hard to imagine one of them playing worse than Barron. Perhaps Barron could bounce back against the Bears, but if he doesn't he could find himself being cut due to another poor performance.
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