By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 10:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.
On what qualified as a less-than-spectacular start to free agency, several former and hope-to-be Raiders made news by night’s end.
NFL.com reported that the Raiders are negotiating with Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither and 49ers safety Dashon Goldson.
Elsewhere, former Raiders offensive lineman Robert Gallery reportedly is fielding offers from the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. It’s conceivable that Gallery could be reunited with former Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski in Cincinnati, given the Bengals are speaking with Gradkowski’s agent, according to ESPN.
The Raiders made it clear to Gallery during the offseason that they have no interest in paying him what top guards command. Gradkowski was favored by former Raiders coach Tom Cable over current quarterback Jason Campbell last season. Campbell finished out the season as a result of Gradkowski suffering a separated shoulder.
Goldson started all 16 games each of the past two seasons. He had one interception last season and four in 2009. He would give the Raiders another viable candidate to replace free safety Michael Huff, who is an unrestricted free agent.
Gaither, 6-feet-9 and 340 pounds, missed last season with a back injury. He started 26 games at left offensive tackle in 2008-09. If signed by the Raiders, they could play him at either left or right tackle, with Jared Veldheer manning the opposite tackle spot.