Satele returns to Raiders


The Raiders have confirmed the signing of of tackle Stephon Heyer, guard Justin Smiley and tackle Seth Wand, and added a minor surprise _ the re-signing of center Samson Satele.

Satele was granted unrestricted free agency as a four-year veteran when the new collective bargaining agreement was reached, and thought to be on his way out when the Raiders drafted Stefen Wisniewski in the second round with coach Hue Jackson proclaiming him the starting center.

Last season, Satele started 15 of 16 games in what may have been his best season. He has 59 starts in 63 games over four seasons. With experience at guard, Satele gives the Raiders an option at all three inside positions as well as insurance in case Wisniewski doesn’t develop as quickly as hoped.

Alex Parsons, a practice squad player, has been Oakland’s backup center during recent practice sessions.

The Raiders return to practice at 3:30 p.m. following a morning walkthrough.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • J-Raider

    al should trade dhb and a 3rd to buf for steve johnson..

  • plataynegro

    With all the whining about how Al is spending $, I’m not sure we want to pay Floyd’s asking price

  • guest123

    I like Floyd, and he’d be an upgrade. But he’s no #1.

    He’s one of a bunch of tall clones that SD has on their roster to catch almost impossibly high passes from P. Rivers. You could argue that Floyd and his stats are a byproduct of that system and not his inherent talent.

  • J-Raider

    from what ive read we arent going to offer anything close.. he wants sidney rice kind of cash..

  • bcz24

    Actually he wants DHB money

  • Haters going to hate

    Huff is making $8m per year, what is that?

  • guest123

    from what ive read we arent going to offer anything close.. he wants sidney rice kind of cash..


    He’s gonna have to settle for Plaxico Burress cash.

  • J-Raider

    about the same

  • guest123

    Is DHB even worth $1M?

    How many thousands of dollars per catch is that?

    Could he do some dual duties like replace the ball boy/gatorade boy? We need some value, right?

  • Raiderbuck

    Boring – sign Bush already lets get this train rolling down the track!!!


    Happy birthday Jacoby Ford.

  • J-Raider

    haha yea.. i dont want him, the guy cant stay healthy. honestly he is always dinged up.. couldnt finish one season so far and thats not good for a 5 yr vet..

  • J-Raider

    its tom bradys b day today as well

  • J-Raider

    just read the ravens making a hard push for floyd.. his salary just went up a few million..

  • J-Raider

    guys this van dyke guy is putting on a show at camp.. we might have gotten lucky.

  • raidertbone

    J-Raider Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    guys this van dyke guy is putting on a show at camp.. we might have gotten lucky.

    Mitchell did the same thing when he first showed up at camp. Let’s hope Van Dyke can sustain it …

  • ohioraider

    69.00raider00 Says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    Al may have dodged a big one here: What may seem on paper like a organiztional downgrade at player personel this year, may in fact be the biggest spike in team preparedness the Raiders have ever met.

    While it appears that Al Davis may be doing little to next to nothing, letting key players walk, not going after big name FAs’, he has already done more than he has in recent years combined.

    While I wont get into the financial structures and cap nonesense, what Al has done first and foremost was can Cable and replace him with Hue Jackson. While Cable canning may or may not have been justified, who better in the wings than Hue.

    Al contracted the guys he wanted before the lockout and that is all that needs to be said. If Aso were to stay, it would have been because that is what Al wanted. He probably saw Zach Miller as someone who is softening up and Al wanted no part of it.

    When Al got Hue, Al got a bully-builder. And bringing on Woodson, Wiz, and Biekert was flat out bold.

    Al has already done all the work he needs to do. He hired Hue as head coach.

    ESPN, watch out. Here’s your next analyst.


    The loss of Miller is a big hit but getting Boss would help.
    Boss seems like he’s just playing the Raiders though and wants to stay with the Giants for more money.
    Myers can block but doesn’t have the hands that Zach has. If Miller has had concussions it’s because he plays the game hard.

  • ohioraider

    477.Dakota Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:57 am
    465.Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:47 am
    The Raiders dynasty is already a fact and the dynasty is moving in full harvest mode. Stand back. Prepare to salute and pay tribute … That is how Davis and his people are seeing it, anyway, and I think I agree with them. This is a serious football team, folks.

    The Oakland Raiders are serious in a different way. They’re deadly serious, and you can take that for whatever it seems to mean. They are assassins, in a word, and they have everything they need in their arsenal: extreme speed, beautiful talent, smart coaching, preternaturally fine chemistry, and a rare level of individual intelligence among players … This is a high-class unit.

    I see the DR is off his meds.

    LOL. It’s John Facenda in a state of dementia.


    This UK cop must have had a headache at least but he gets up, goes after the guy, chases him down a grass bank and arrests him and then drags him back.
    Only then does he collapse from pain and exhaustion.



    Satele is an important signing. Had to have insurance in case Wiz II isn’t ready, or can’t cut the mustard. Couldn’t go into 2011 with Parsons and Veldheer as the only other options.

    Why haven’t the Raids made a dramatic signing yet, or retained Asomugha or Miller ? I think the answer is pretty simple. Jerry informed his readers that the cap is ‘nonsense’ and of no consequence in determining the acquisitions a team ultimately makes. Unfortunately, Jerry is wrong.

    There was no way the Raids could afford Nnamdi. They were struggling to make cap room just to sign Miller.

    Now that Miller is history, the moves the Raids were attempting to get done in order to be able to sign him should conceivably leave about 5 – 7 million to play with.

    Expect one or two more player transactions. If brass decides Miller has to be replaced, Boss would be a likely target. IMO, Boss is every bit as good as Miller, if not better.

    We’re pretty close to having a final roster of players from which the opening day squad will be composed of.

    Then we can start the JaJason watch, wait for his inevitable meltdown, and wonder if Edwards can do any better.

    Even with the lackluster free agency period, I’ve still got the feeling this team is a lot closer to making some noise and being a legitimate contender than most would believe.

    If only the Raids had a better QB.

  • raidertbone

    Most NFL analysts agree that the teams that have the biggest advantage going into this NFL season are the teams who finished strong at the end of the year last year. I don’t know about you, but the beatdowns we put on Chargers, Donks and Chefs leaves me feeling pretty good. I say we go at least 9-7 this year, which is progress. It might not get us the division title, but – I COULD BE WRONG, YOU KNOW!

  • SnB Production

    The only ones with angst in Raider Nation are the “cut it loose” types.

    Nope, this team is not made up of shiny skill players and fleet footed speed guys.

    This team is all about running the football and stopping the run. Occassionaly go over the top to hit Ford. The Raiders would have made the playoffs last year if they were more run focused against the physical teams and limited the turnovers

  • raidertbone

    If, If, If .. if we had re-played the game vs. the Niners and if Janikowski makes any of those missed field goals against the Cardinals, who knows? The way we were finishing up the year, I don’t anyone wanted a piece of us. Well, just settle back … Raiders of old, I think THIS year will make you proud!


    I love our schedule you get noticed when you pull upsets and we need some motha fuken recognition. Would luv to shut sapps big fuken mouth, cant stand that punk.

  • kidseven

    Satele–thank goodness! Who else would we have had on the roster to stand there by the goal line watching the RB struggle into the end zone.

    No disrespect, he’s a player, but he can be frustrating at times.

  • Raider J

    201. raidertbone Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Whether you believe, or think, that the Raiders could win any other division besides the West, let me remind you that they don’t NEED to! They just have to play their schedule, post a 10-6 or better, and they can get in the playoffs. As for me, I’m just ready to get my hands on some horsey meat in Week 1!!!!


    Of course the Raiders only have to win the west.
    See 152. Your response supports my intent.
    “I believe, or think that the Raiders” can win the AFC west because they have improved and their are no elite teams in this division


    Can’can’t wait to roll the donkeys, our d line reminds me of a pool of great white sharks waiting for a feeding frenzy.

  • dvrick

    This signing won’t matter McFADDEN has asked to be TRADED!!

  • Only A True Raider Fan and Loyal Raider Fan is Welcome

    Dvrick can eat it.