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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