The Raiders announced the signings of offensive lineman Stephon Heyer, Justin Smiley and Seth Wand.
Justin Smiley was in for a visit and Stephon Heyer announced on his Facebook he signed with the team this morning. Wand last played in the UFL.
The Raiders seems content adding lower level talent in hopes of fielding a decent offensive line. Not a great approach.
Proven options like Brian Waters and Sean Locklear remain free agents.
According to reports, the Raiders have signed offensive tackle Stephon Heyer.
Heyer has started 33 games with the Redskins and played in 49. He was originally an undrafted free agent.
The Raiders recognize their need on the offensive line, but thus far haven’t added any big names.
Bryant McKinnie was cut and the Raiders could kick his tires. Sean Locklear and Brian Waters remain the best available players.
Kamerion Wimbley’s cap figure is now more manageable. He agrees on a five-year, $48 million deal which includes $29 million in guarantees.
The signing was brought about somewhat urgently by Zach Miller’s visit to Seattle and former coach Tom Cable.
With Wimbley signed, the Raiders should have enough flexibly to sway Miller and bring in an offensive lineman.
If Miller chooses to sign in Seattle, the Raiders could bring in Kevin Boss.
If the Raiders are serious about fixing the offensive line, they should return the favor and sign Sean Locklear.
Another option would be longtime divisional foe Brian Waters.
Lofa Tatupu is in for a visit. He’s a good player with injury problems. It’s difficult to figure out how he would fit in the Raiders 4-3 defense and may foreshadow the Raiders usage of the 3-4 more this season.
Tatupu, like Gaither, will need to check out medically. He also has a planned visit to Washington, which wouldn’t mean much if the Raiders wanted to extend an offer.