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Monday, August 1, 2011
What to make of Tatupu's Oakland visit?

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders’ visit with Lofa Tatupu is a curious one. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the visit Monday.

He is a middle linebacker. The Raiders drafted middle linebacker Rolando McClain last year with the No. 8 pick. Oakland coach Hue Jackson has been lauding McClain all camp. Tatupu was cut by Seattle during the weekend.

The only way this could work is if one of the players were to move to an outside linebacker position, but that is risky unless Tatupu was fine with being a backup in Oakland. Perhaps the Raiders are toying with the idea of playing in more 3-4 situations. That would be surprising at this point.

Tatupu’s play has dwindled in recent seasons because he has been wearing down physically. He is a good leader, though, and was known as a coach on the field in Seattle. So, there could be some value there as long as he doesn’t cost much.