Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Will Raiders keep Scott and Schilens?
By Bill Williamson
Trevor Scott and Chaz Schilens may not be the Oakland Raiders' highest profile free agents, but they are two players who I’ll be watching in free agency.
Both are former late-round draft picks who the Raiders, at one point, where very high on. But because both players have dealt with injuries, they have yet to reach their potential. The Raiders' new regime may not make Scott and Schilens top priorities because of other needs and salary cap limitations. Reports out of the Bay Area suggest Scott and Schilens could be playing elsewhere in 2012.
They would be affordable targets for teams looking for solid role players and I think the Raiders should consider keeping both.
Scott, a sixth-round pick in 2008, played in all 16 games last season, but ended up with just seven tackles. Scott tore his ACL in 2010. He had a total of 12 sacks in a limited role in his first two NFL seasons. Given an opportunity, he could regain his pass-rushing ability.
Schilens, a seventh-round pick in 2008, was considered a potential No. 1 receiver. He is big and fast and he runs smooth routes. However, Schilens has never been able to stay healthy. He did play in 15 games in 2011, but Schilens played only a total of 13 games in the previous two seasons.
Schilens had 23 catches for 271 yards in a backup role in 2011. Because the Raiders have seen other young receivers develop, they may feel comfortable letting Schilens walk as well as Scott. Still, it could be somewhat risky. The last thing Oakland would want to see is Scott and Schilens reach their potential in other uniforms.