Monday, July 23, 2012
CB-hungry Raiders should avoid Berry
By Bill Williamson
I’ve already been asked by several readers if the Oakland Raiders should consider pursuing cornerback Aaron Berry. He was released by the Detroit Lions on Monday after two arrests this offseason.
In my opinion, Oakland shouldn’t consider Berry. Yes, the Raiders are thin at cornerback, but so what. There will be other opportunities to get help at the position later in the summer.
Berry is clearly a troubled person these days. Taking a troubled player simply to fill a need on the field would not speak well of the new regime in Oakland. The Raiders need to show restraint and patience as they build their roster. Snapping up a player like Berry, in my opinion, would send the wrong message, and I’d be surprised if new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would disagree with me in this case.
In other AFC West news:
The Denver Post is reporting the Broncos are offering left tackle Ryan Clady a big contract, still both sides are apart on a new deal. If Clady doesn’t get an extension, the Broncos will likely franchise him next winter.
Several members of the Broncos visited with victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting. Good for them to help in such a terrible time for the Denver community.
Former Denver running back Travis Henry is reportedly attempting a comeback. Should the Broncos or any other team in the AFC West consider signing Henry? No. No way.
Henry is 33 and is coming off a federal jail stint on drug charges. His long history of issues and his advanced age for a running back make him an unattractive option. I think Henry will find getting NFL work to be a challenging proposal.