There’s not too much happening in Oakland’s free agency world today, but here are a couple of noteworthy items.
ESPN’s Bill Williamson reports the Raiders met with free agent cornerback Terence Newman on Thursday. Newman is in his mid 30s, but had a solid season last year in Cincinnati. He would be an instant starter in Oakland, but likely only on a one or two year deal. Williamson believes there are still multiple cornerbacks out there for the Raiders to get, but I think they need to act sooner than later. Cornerback is Oakland’s most pressing position. They should spend a little more than the minimum and get a decent #1 cornerback.
ProFootballTalk.com reports free agent defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy is heading to a meeting with the Arizona Cardinals. Perhaps the Raiders are hoping he doesn’t get a strong offer so they can re-sign him on the cheap. Maybe they don’t want to re-sign him. Or, maybe Shaughnessy doesn’t want to stay. In any case, when healthy, he’s a solid starting lineman. However, he’s also had some shoulder issues over the past couple of years.
The Contra Costa Times has an article up by Jerry McDonald about new Raider Kaluka Maiava, and the Raiders’ free agency strategy. I really enjoyed McDonald’s comment that Maiava wouldn’t have been considered by Mr. Davis, as it demonstrates the new direction of the team. Mr. Davis will always be a legend, but the Raiders have to go a different way at this point; they need gritty, hard-working guys who want to establish themselves. I like Maiava’s attitude already. He seems like the kind of guy who’s going to put in a lot of practice, and while it’s early, he could be a Commitment to Excellence Award candidate.
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