I was out of the country for two weeks and right as my vacation was coming to an end, there was a flurry of news about the Raiders so I figured it would be good to address it all at once. So, without further ado, here are some thoughts on all of the moves we’ve seen from the Raiders over the past couple of days.
TRADING FOR ANTONIO BROWN
This was the biggest of the moves to occur while I was gone. And while I shared some commentary on Twitter, I did not write anything about the trade. So here it is: It was a good to great trade for the Raiders.
They gave up minimal draft capital to get one of the best wide receivers to have ever played the game. Yes, they gave him a hefty chunk of change in the process, but great players demand big pay days. I’m ok with the money because again, AB is absolutely amazing and because the restructure only included more money and not more years. If things don’t work out well, the contract is up in three years. If they do, the Raiders will be more than happy to pay AB that money.
TRADING KELECHI OSEMELE
I was one of the biggest Kelechi Osemele fans in Raider Nation. I was calling for the Raiders to sign him in free agency. I was defending the large contract they gave him, insisting he was worth every penny. And I was laughing like a mad man every time KO pancaked an opponent.
But while I’m grateful for KO’s time with the team, I’m also ok with the trade. He was owed a ton of cash and the fact of the matter is, Tom Cable was never going to get the most out of him because KO excels in power blocking, not zone blocking.
Since it was clear the Raiders aren’t going to move on from Cable, I’m ok with clearing cap space and getting a little bit of compensation in the process.
SIGNING TRENT BROWN
For a while now I have been calling for the Raiders to sign Trent Brown. That being said, I certainly did not expect signing Brown meant setting a new all time high pay day for an offensive tackle. But as we eventually learned, it’s really just a two year contract. Sure, it’s a very expensive two year contract, but it represents a massive upgrade at the biggest position of need on offense: Right tackle.
And once again, it’s short term. So the Raiders will pay a premium for two years to protect Carr in a division where a ton of elite pass rush comes from the right side, while hopefully developing a replacement for Brown over those two years.
Perhaps not how I would’ve gone about addressing the right tackle situation, but it’s hard to argue with the game plan of aggressively attacking a huge area of need.
SIGNING LAMARCUS JOYNER
Joyner represents a big time upgrade to a defense that was one of the worst last season. A former corner who was moved to safety and thrived in the process, Joyner is what the Raiders were hoping Marcus Ghilchrist would be last season. Joyner can play safety but can also drop down to play nickel corner at times as well.
He gives the Raiders versatility with their secondary and allows them to focus on the front seven early in the draft.
Undoubtedly, some will be concerned with what is now a very small safety group (Joyner is 5’8 and Karl Joseph is 5’10) but hopefully Paul Guenther plans on using linebackers to cover tight ends. If so, the size of KJ and Joyner won’t matter because they’re both very athletic ball hawks who can fly around the field and make plays.