Addition: Safety Gibril Wilson
Comment: Might we see solid tackling from a Raider safety consistently for the first time since Rod Woodson?
This signing was more important than landing a receiver. The Raiders still need help at receiver, but Wilson should solidify the secondary by being the hitter the team hoped it found in Donovin Darius and B.J. Ward last summer.
Considering he signed for six years, $39 million with $16 million guaranteed, Wilson won’t be the latest safety unable to unseat Stuart Schweigert.
But I must ask is my man sporting a leather Member’s Only jacket? Just kidding, folks. But it does look like one.
Subtraction: OT Barry Sims
Comment: Sims fought of challenges from younger, players that were high draft picks, but always seemed to end up as the starting left tackle. But his recurring false starts were problematic. Logic would dictate the Raiders would be hot in pursuit of a new left tackle. But the zone-blocking scheme doesn’t emphasize spending a lot of money on the line. The Raiders could turn to second-year pro Mario Henderson or Mark Wilson, a practice squad player activated late last season. Sims The Raiders met with Kwame Harris and the former 49er could be an option if he signs with the Raiders.
Subtraction: WR Jerry Porter
Comment: It was time for Porter to move on. He was a Raider for the best of times and the worst of times. And there was no way the Raiders would pay him the $30 million ($10 million guaranteed) that he got from Jacksonville.
Subtraction: QB Josh McCown
Comment: He wanted a chance to start and he’ll get that in Miami. That leaves Andrew Walter as JaMarcus Russell’s backup.