It looks as if Jared Gaither is set to become an Oakland Raider. He has reportedly checked into the Napa Marriott and could be attending this afternoon's practice. The Raiders are expected to announce the signing at 3:00pm when it can be made official.
As of 2:20, Gaither's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that his client and the Raiders have not agreed to contract terms. But he also knows the Raiders don't like when the lid is blown off of their intentions before they can make it official. We will have more details when they are announced as well as the contracts details once they are complete.
The 6-9, 350 pound Gaither is expected to come in and compete for the job as the Raiders' starting left tackle immediately. Last year's starter, Jared Veldheer, will most likely be switching positions. That position switch could be right tackle or left guard. Both positions are open at this moment.
Gaither was a key free agent target for the Raiders but as of yesterday, it appeared the two sides were struggling to come to terms. Gaither had a serious back injury that had him out the entire 2010 season. The Ravens moved on from him at left tackle and Gaither was not too keen on the idea of switching to right tackle. He came up for free agency and the Ravens let him walk.
He is seen as a potential star at left tackle. He was an everyday starter for his first three seasons in the NFL before the back injury sidelined him. The Raiders clearly see him as the answer to one of their issues along the offensive line.
There are still questions to answer at guard or perhaps right tackle (depending on where Veldheer plays) but this signing definitely strengthens the line overall.
It becomes the first, and perhaps the only, big free agent signing by the Raiders. The financial commitments could eliminate any chance the Raiders have of bringing back Asomugha. Of course, most were not giving that much of a chance anyway. Other free agents rumors have included former 49er safety Dashon Goldson and former Jet corner Antonio Cromartie.
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UHMMM ... i guess Rosenhaus was telling the truth. Hue just said that Gaither just showed up for a FA visit. he hasn't signed anything. ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME?!
Great signing by the Raiders. Jared Gaither is a BEAST, and he will be the perfect fit to our Power Blocking Scheme. His signing definitely eases the pain of losing Robert Gallery....I agree with Nilbymouth that the Raiders could use one more free agent signing for the Oline. Dahl would be a nice addition, but the Raiders are probably going to use any extra money they have for Zach Miller, whose price tag should be very expensive, and a FA wide receiver. Speaking of receivers, Malcolm Floyd would be the guy who I would like the Raiders to covet, and who I think would be the best fit for our offense...
Sweet deal. I'm looking forward to many years with him dominating the left side of our line. It looks like our line will now be:
LT - Gaither
LG - Loper?
C - Wiz
RG - Carlise / Barksdale / Campbell
RT - Veldheer
Quick thought about our LG situation. I know Loper did okay last year filling in for Gallery but, what about Campbell at LG. He's a natural pass blocker and he's quick and strong and could pull on sweeps and tosses like it's nobody's business. Just food for thought.
@nilbymouth I'm pretty sure Dahl is going to the Rams. Maybe Lutui the Cards aren't re-signing him.
Campbell is hurt... so i suspect he just got pushed down. he NEEDS reps and training camp to get better. looks like he's going to miss a lot of August ... I could be wrong here... which sucks because we really dont know what we have yet in him ... ugh...
on the bright side, this should force Al and Hue to bring in another guy so this team becomes VERY DEEP at the OL position. Dahl would be incredible but apparently he wants 20 million in guarrantees ... i'm going to guess that there won't be too many teams willing to pay that, so hopefully that number goes down and Hue gives him a call !!!
that is a playoff OL. it almost already is just with a healthy Gaither. IM PUMPED for this season now.
I'll take that! better than Carlisle starting the season IMO. he's a zone blocking guy, we need a big guy like Lutui in there. Loper can move over to RG next to Veldheer ...
I LOVE HUE JACKSON!! Gaither will be the MAN there given his back is better. I don't know how much he got yet, but guess what? who really cares?! Al just had to sign a contract, so to me, it's a low risk high reward.