Is OT Gaither a Raider?

Two local reports say that the Raiders have agreed to terms with offensive tackle Jared Gaither. Not so fast, according to Gaither’s agent.

Gaither’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, just Tweeted that “Jared Gaither has not agreed to contract terms with the Raiders.”

One of the reports said that Gaither has been spotted at the Napa Valley Marriott and that two unnamed sources confirmed he has agreed to terms.

Practice begins in one hour. However, Gaither isn’t allowed to practice until Aug. 4, so he isn’t apt to be in attendance.

The Raiders have been linked to Gaither for the past several days. If he were to sign, it would give the Raiders two mammoth tackles. Jared Veldheer is 6-feet-8 and 340 pounds. Gaither is 6-9 and 340.

Gaither missed all of last season because of a back injury. He started 28 of 33 games from 2007-09 with the Baltimore Ravens.

If Gaither becomes a Raider at some point, it likely closes the door on the likes of Mario Henderson, Khalif Barnes and Langston Walker, unless any of those players is content with a backup role.

The other issue is which side to play Gaither and Veldheer. Gaither’s experience is at left tackle. Veldheer finished the season at left tackle for the Raiders last season.


Steve Corkran