February 28, 2007
You won’t believe this: Sporting News actually has an interesting article about the NFL that does NOT require you to log in or purchase an exclusive-content plan just to read it! Hoorah!
On Monday the fine folks at SN published a list of every NFL team and who they might be targeting in free agency. The unfortunate fans of last season’s worst team, the Oakland Raiders, will be thrilled that their team is targeting the sexiest position of all: the offensive line.
Look for the Raiders to go after 49ers C Jeremy Newberry as a potential replacement for starter Jake Grove, who could move to left guard. Newberry likely would come cheap because he has been injury-prone the past few seasons. If his knees hold up, he still may have a couple of more years in him. The Raiders also might make a run at Chiefs QB Damon Huard, who would give them an established player to handle the reins while Walter or whichever quarterback Oakland drafts develops. Huard plays well within the scheme and doesn’t commit too many mistakes. Most of the team’s moves likely will be made after the initial wave of free-agent signings. That could change if the team cuts ties with Jordan, G Barry Sims or WR Randy Moss to create cap space.
Fans hoping and praying for Huard to save the QB situation, though, will be disappointed, as yesterday the big man re-upped with the Kansas City Chiefs for 3 years. I wouldn’t be too disappointed though: this all but guarantees that LSU QB JaMarcus Russell will be suiting up in black and silver as the first overall pick in the draft. Then again, Al Davis might opt for a punter… you just never know.