Al Davis has a history of picking players off the Super Bowl winning team. Often times his main target is the player named MVP if possible. Aaron Rodgers isn't going anywhere but there are a few players set to become free agents who would fill a need for the Raiders.
The last time the Packers won the Super Bowl, Al Davis signed the game's MVP, Desmond Howard. Other Super Bowl winning players the Raiders have signed afterward include Jeff Hostetler from the Giants, Larry Brown from the Cowboys, and Gibril Wilson from the Giants. While a few of those guys were flashes in the proverbial pan, the Packers have some quality players available who have been consistently good.
There have already been two names that the Raiders have had their eye on for a while, but they aren't players. Assistant Head Coach and Linebackers Coach Winston Moss and Defensive Backs Coach Darren Perry could both be interviewing for the Raiders vacant Defensive Coordinator job in the coming days. They could soon be joined by a player or two as well. Here are a few of the Packers set to become unrestricted free agents in whom the Raiders could be interested:
LB AJ Hawk
When Hawk was drafted out of Ohio State, there were a lot of people who thought the Raiders should have drafted him but the Packers chose him two spots before the Raiders. He has turned into a fine linebacker in the NFL and now the Raiders have another shot at him. He has had at least 60 tackles every season in the NFL and this season he was tied for the team lead in tackles with 71 at the left inside linebacker spot. He would be an instant upgrade at the Raiders' weakside linebacker position, a position that has suffered in stopping the run for many seasons now.
OG Daryn Colledge
Colledge has started nearly every game for the Packers since they drafted him in round two of the 2006 draft. The Raiders are switching out of the zone blocking scheme and are likely to make some changes along the offensive line. The guard positions are in flux with Robert Gallery possibly leaving in free agency and Cooper Carlisle being a zone guy. If either of them need to be replaced, Colledge would be a nice option.
FB Korey Hall
The Raiders currently have just one fullback on the roster in Marcel Reece. Reece is more of a receiving fullback so the team could use a blocking specialist like Hall. The Packers also have John Kuhn whom they like and both Kuhn and Reece are free agents so one is likely to leave town. Of the two fullbacks, I could see Hall being the player the Raiders could find useful as the blocking back they need.
WR James Jones
Believe it or not, James Jones had more receiving yards (679) during the season than Donald Driver or Jordy Nelson. He was second on the team in receiving behind Greg Jennings, all while starting just three games all season. He also showed up on the big stage as he had five catches for 50 yards in the Super Bowl. On top of that, he is a local product as he was born and raised in San Jose and went to college at San Jose State. He might not be too expensive as a free agent and could bolster the receiving corps enough to make it into a pretty solid group. The Raiders seem to be one good receiver away from having a decent passing attack. Guys like Vincent Jackson will command a lot of money in free agency but Jones could fly under the radar and make for a solid addition.
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From what I have been hearing in Southern California, there is a huge concern among Charger fans and players that Vincent Jackson will refuse to re-sign with the Chargers, and that AJ Smith, out of principle, will not put a franchise tag on him due to their feud. Smith is such an idiot. Phillip Rivers recently spoke on a local radio talk show in San Diego and expressed great concern about losing Jackson. He reiterated his respect for the guy and said he is by far the best receiver he has ever thrown to, and that not having him for all those games this year played a major role in the Chargers not making the playoffs. Rivers said it could be disasterous if the Chargers do not resign him. I would absolutely love to burn San Diego and have the Raiders sign him. It has been such a long time since the Raiders have had a great go to receiver, and honestly Levi, I would spend more money to sign Jackson than I would to keep Asomugah. I am a huge Nambi fan, but Jackson has such an incredible upside, that his presence on the field would completely disrupt every opposing defense in the league. If Campbell gets quality blocking from the offensive line and has time to make plays, how could any secondary in the league shut down a collection of Vincent Jackson, Louis Murphey, Jacoby Ford and Zach Miller. Talk about a secondary's worst nightmare!!! Adding Jackson would elevate the Raider offense to possibly the highest scoring in the league, and if we beef up the offensive line, the Oakland Raiders will be able to legitimately compete against teams like the Green Bay Packers...
I Agree, getting V. Jackson would be a huge upgrade for the Raiders. It will give us a 3rd down WR who has amazing catching skills. It would elevate J. Campbell's play at QB also. The reciever we have now are all "robin", we need a "Batman" . This should solve the recieve woes. A second option could be getting C. Ochosinco, even though he is a distraction, he still could be beneficial to the team with some help from the Head coach. Ocho would love to play for Hue and Hue would just have to use him like Belichick used Moss.
Regarding Free Agency, I think we should still try to bring Namdi back at a lower price. If not, then just as Davis said, get 2 decent players for that money. I just hope we (I mean Davis) donot over pay for old CB's nobody wants. That includes Champ Bailey or C. Woodson, who were great in there days but I think are not an upgrade over Namdi if they are asking formore than $10mil/year.
The biggest focus of this offsesion should be O-Line fix-up. If we can not bring Robert Galley back, we should go after LG: Logan Mankin if available. The Center should be addressed through the draft class. The RT and RG should also be addressed. RT: Walker is a Free Agent, but i have a feeling he would love to be back. Our 2010 4th round pick Bruce Campbell should be pushed this offsesion by the coaching staff to compete for the RT or RG spot. If coached properly this guy could be a solid anchor for couple of years to come because of his tremendous talent. Also RT: Jared Gaither is a free agent and even he was injured last year, he would be great if he is paid like a starting RT (which Baltimore never did).
Given that we bring our free agent FS, SS, OLB, DT, OG, RB, C back. During the Draft we should still try to address the positions of Center, OG, OT.
2nd Round: Center Mike Pouncy (Flourida) or Stefen Wisniewski (Penn) - Both 1st round picks.
3rd Round: CB Ras-I Dowling (Virginia) or Chimdi Chekwa (Ohio State) or Shareece Wright (Southern California)
4th Round: OLB Mark Herzlich (Boston College)
5th Round: DT Sione Fua (Stanford) - Just a beast, look at his tape from Senior Bowl.
6th Round: OG Justin Boren (Ohio State)
7th Round: RB Da'Rel Scott (Maryland) - Great speed
Other natables the Raiders shouls defenatly look at are :
1. QB Pat Devlin (Delaware) - If you look at his playoff games this session, he would remind you of an unpolished Joe Flacco. He could potentially be a great add for the future, if he is developed properly behind Jason Campbell.
2. WR Vincent Brown (San Diego State): Great hands, not a speed guy but is a good possesion reciver, which we badly need as our reciever can not catch a ball on 3rd down. And did I mention he has great hands.
3. WR Ronald Johnson (Southern California): Again, really good slot reciever with good fundamentals and hands. I wouldnt be surpised if Pete Caroll takes him to Seatle. Pete Caroll brought him to USC and loved using him.
4. TE: I havent looked at the Tight End class but we could use another good hands TE. Our new Offesive Coordinator loved using 2 TE set and I feel like he will do the same with the Raiders.
5. OLB Malcolm Smith (Southern California): Probably would go undrafted, but would be a huge Special teams player and this guy has a great knack for the ball and his fundamentals are sound. Would be a great depth at OLB if we cannot bring all the OLB's back.
6. OT or OG: both of these positions either need to be addressed through free agency or throught the Draft class.
I have to give Credit to the Raiders for finding Quality players in the Late Rounds of Draft class, every year. Hopefully just like last year's draft class, we can also make good selection in the early rounds and get this Raider Ship floating again. Al Do Your Magic and also Let Hue Take US to Super Bowl by Giving Him Full Control of Football Operations.
I would love to see Jones, Hawk and Colledge in the Silver and Black. Another Packer ho could be available is D-Lineman Cullen Jenkins. He has played both NT and DE for the Packers DL rotation.
I Agree, we should def try to get Vincent Jackson. He is a lot better primary reciever than Jones. But before that I hope we can sign most of our team back.
Oh and I cant believe a writer like LEVI DAMIEN made this mistake: CB Tramon Williams has already been signed to To A $41.25M Contract Extension in Nov, 2010. So he's out of the pic.
James Jones would be a nice addition only if Vincent Jackson is not available. Jones is a solid receiver, but the upside of Vincent Jackson is way too high to pass on. Jones would definitely be cheaper to acquire, but Jackson is so dominant and so talented that his presence on the Raiders would immediately elevate our receiving team to among the elite in the league. If I was Al Davis, I would do everything possible to make Vincent Jackson a Raider, including breaking the bank, as this is a guy that WILL be the second comming of Tim Brown, and WILL NOT be a repeat version of Randy Moss..... The one Packer on this list that I would make a serious run at is Daryn Colledge. He is a very solid offensive lineman that is tough and durable, and he would be a great addition to the new Raider power blocking scheme. Colledge would be an immediate starter, and his presence would certainly elevate the entire level of play of the offensive line....
@Spartacus That is pretty much what I am saying Spartac us. Jackson is a much bette choice but he will be in high demand and might want more than Al is willing to pay. If that is the case, Jones would be worth a look.
@NicholasSolimine Woodson is done. Collar Bone, he's out now, after 13 seasons I would say he needs a break anyway. But He is done, bring him over as a DC, and bring Hawk, Jackson, and maybe Jones. Considering what we are paying for Seymour and Namdi, we should be able to pick all 3 up and be much better off. Don't get me wrong, I love Seymour if for no other reason than he smacked Rothlesdouche down.
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AJ HAWK would be a great addition to he team, and he's a local boy, so that would make me happy. I was hardcore rooting for him in the SB, and he did good, he's a beast. Lets get him in Silver and Black, and lets show the world RAIDER NATION is BACK ! JUST WIN BABY!