Thursday, May 9, 2013
Oakland Raiders consider veteran punters
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders are considering veteran punters to compete with young, but raw Marquette King.
The Raiders recently worked out veterans Jason Baker and Mat McBriar. The Raiders are seriously considering bringing in a veteran to compete with King. It would be the smart move. King has a huge leg, but he was inconsistent last summer and he has no regular-season NFL experience. The team still believes in King, but like every other position, the Raiders want competition.
Longtime star Shane Lechler signed with Houston this offseason. Baker, 34, last played in the NFL with Carolina. McBriar, 33, was with the Eagles last season. He played for new Oakland special-teams coach Bobby April in Philadelphia. Oakland could potentially look at other veterans, including Chris Kluwe, who was cut by the Vikings earlier in the week.
Again, these workouts don’t necessarily spell doom for King’s chances of being Oakland’s punter this season, but they do show Oakland has interest in bringing in veteran competition.
Meanwhile, former Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs is visiting the Giants, according to ESPNNewYork.com. He is visiting the Raiders and Jets this week as well. Cribbs reportedly has an offer from the Raiders. But the fact that he is still visiting teams means he is looking for a better offer.