Why DeAngelo Hall?

4 04 2008

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At first glance, the DeAngelo Hall trade seems to be puzzling. The Raiders already have Nnamdi Asomugha as a lockdown corner and Fabian Washington still has plenty of room to grow, and he is cheaper. Backup Stanford Routt is a perfect dime-back. Also, we could have used our second rounder to pick up a top tier wide receiver or offensive tackle in the coming draft. Not even mentioning the $50 plus million dollars he will be owed with his extension. The question remains why.

Well, having two extremely talented man-cover corners definitely makes life easer for the linebackers and defensive line. With our awesome secondary, the box can be stacked even more to help out with run defense. The linebackers will not have to drop back in coverage as much and the strong safety can move up into the box to help run support. Plus, if no wide receiver can get open, sacks will be easier to come by. Drafting a defensive lineman with our first rounder would make our pass rush even better. Burgess is already set at on defensive end spot and having Chris Long/Vernon Gholston on the other side would be amazing.

DeAngelo will create a lose-lose situation for quarterbacks. If they decide not to throw in Asomugha’s direction, they will have to throw to Hall. Not to mention having Michael Huff prowling around for interceptions. However, was the price justified? I say yes, if they can lock Asomugha up to a similar deal. With both corners on long term deals, the focus can shift to the defensive line, which we did not improve in the offseason. Time will tell just how effective this deal really is.

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Safety Please!

29 02 2008

Gibril Wilson

Rumors are flying around that the Raiders are aggressively pursuing New York Giants safety Gibril Wilson. Wilson is said to be looking for a deal of about $5 million a year, and the Raiders have the cap room to pay even more. The Raiders are expected to give him a deal that will pay him between $6 million and $6.5 million per year.

This could be the strong safety that Raiders have been lacking. Wilson had 92 tackles and 4 interceptions last season, not to mention that he is only 26 years old. With this signing, the Raiders can move Michael Huff over to free safety, where he is better suited. Stuart Schweigert and Hiram Eugene are both capable backups at safety, and will bring depth. This signing could also change who we draft in the later rounds, since we were looking to take a safety.