The Oakland Raiders are reportedly set to sign former Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown to a record-breaking contract.
This is the latest in a long line of personnel mistakes the Raiders have made in recent years, and it could come back to bite them.
Brown did take big strides last season, showing he could play on the left side as well as the right while starting all 16 regular-season games and every postseason game for the Patriots.
Yet, like Nate Solder before him, Brown is nowhere close to being an elite left tackle.
Trent Brown ranked #32 in the NFL among tackles in @PFF grades last year. That's lower than Riley Reiff, who is seen as a problem in Minnesota.
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 11, 2019
The reason Brown is getting a huge payday is because of his stellar play in the playoffs. It’s worth pointing out that Brown is at his best in the run game, and England’s quick-passing game covered up much of Brown's pass-protecting woes.
More of a problem for the Raiders is they’re conceding last year’s first-round pick, Kolton Miller, is not ready to play on the left side as they move him to right tackle in the wake of this signing.
New Raiders LT Trent Brown will take over Raiders’ left tackle job, and former first-round pick Kolton Miller is expected to slide over to righ tackle. Raiders making moves.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
This likely means tackle Donald Penn is a goner, or at least he’ll have to take a pay cut to remain on the roster.
Oakland is pinning its hopes on a left tackle with limited experience on that side of the line.
Oakland is looking for a quick fix, and in that pursuit it might have made things worse long term. Brown will be regularly going against the likes of Von Miller, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Raiders QB Derek Carr, who has not fully recovered his mojo since breaking his leg, could be doomed.
Throwing big money at Brown has a chance to be as bad for the Raiders as Solder’s deal was last year for the New York Giants.
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