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Thursday, September 8, 2011
AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Raiders may be on the verge of signing linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. He was released by the Patriots. The Bay Area native had 15 sacks in the past two seasons combined. Banta-Cain, 31, would likely be a depth addition for Oakland.

I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. if he thought Banta-Cain has much left in the tank. Williamson said this: “not much.”

However, Williamson thinks Banta-Cain, who played in a 3-4 defense in New England, could fit in Oakland. The Raiders could use help on the weakside.

“Oakland uses 3-4 outside linebacker types usually for the weakside in their 4-3, so in that regard, he would fit,” Williamson said. “But still, Banta-Cain isn’t much of a space player and he would be a liability in coverage.”