The Oakland Raiders are 3-10 and they will likely look to get both younger and cheaper in 2013. Thus, after a big year of change in 2012, we may be seeing more change in Oakland soon.
Richard Seymour is preparing for what will likely be his final few weeks with the Raiders. He’s a free agent and the Raiders will likely try to get younger.
Punter Shane Lechler may be in the same boat. Lecher is 36 and has showed some signs of slowing down this season. I’m not sure the Raiders will be willing to pay premium punter money with a tight budget and many other needs to fill. The team may want to develop Marquette King, a strong-footed punter who is on the injured reserve.
Meanwhile, Oakland running back Taiwan Jones is open to a position change to cornerback. Jones has become a forgotten man in Oakland’s offensive backfield. He has six carries for 21 yards. Still, it will be up to the team’s brass if it is open to making that switch. Oakland’s previous regime drafted the speedy Jones in the fourth round last year to make an impact on offense. It has yet to happen.
In other AFC West news:
In an Insider piece, ESPN.com’s playoff predictor is saying the Broncos will have the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 seed Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs.
In an Insider piece, the Football Outsiders count the Chiefs as one of the season’s most disappointing teams. And they don’t paint a pretty picture for a quick revival. The bottom line, in my opinion, is the Chiefs need better coaching and better quarterback play. If they get that in 2013, things can change quickly.