Friday, June 11, 2010
Henderson worthwhile add for Oakland
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders continued their time-honored tradition of adding an aging defensive star late in the offseason.
Oakland signed former Jacksonville star defensive tackle John Henderson to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Henderson, 31, is massive at 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds and will add depth to Oakland’s front four. He could also fit in a 3-4 defense if the Raiders employ that scheme.
Henderson has been battered the past few years and his production has slowed down. He started 15 games last season, had 36 tackles and three sacks. Henderson received very little interest on the open market after the Jaguars cut him.
If he can stay healthy, Henderson could help Oakland for 20-30 plays a game. The Raiders are looking to shore up their run defense.
Oakland is known for bringing in former stars past their prime. This time last year, Oakland brought in former Dallas star pass rusher Greg Ellis. Oakland cut him after one season.
Don’t expect Henderson to be the final piece to this unit. Still, it is a worthwhile venture because of Henderson’s pedigree, his size and Oakland’s needs on defense. For one year, why not?