Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Big names on the way out in Oakland?
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders are 3-10 and they will likely look to get both younger and cheaper in 2013. Thus, after a big year of change in 2012, we may be seeing more change in Oakland soon.
Richard Seymour is preparing for what will likely be his final few weeks with the Raiders. He’s a free agent and the Raiders will likely try to get younger.
Punter Shane Lechler may be in the same boat. Lecher is 36 and has showed some signs of slowing down this season. I’m not sure the Raiders will be willing to pay premium punter money with a tight budget and many other needs to fill. The team may want to develop Marquette King, a strong-footed punter who is on the injured reserve.
Meanwhile, Oakland running back Taiwan Jones is open to a position change to cornerback. Jones has become a forgotten man in Oakland’s offensive backfield. He has six carries for 21 yards. Still, it will be up to the team’s brass if it is open to making that switch. Oakland’s previous regime drafted the speedy Jones in the fourth round last year to make an impact on offense. It has yet to happen.
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