Thursday, September 8, 2011
AFC West notes
By Bill Williamson
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.”