Raiders finally jump into free agency pool


The Raiders signed free agent guard Mike Brisiel and free agent cornerback Ron Bartell within the past hour, marking the first signings by the Raiders since free agency started Tuesday.
Bartell, 30, spent the past seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He will be counted upon to help fill the void created by the release of 2011 opening-game starters Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson.
Bartell will be joined in the fray by holdovers Chimdi Chekwa, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Brandon Underwood. Bartell started 65 games for the Rams, though he missed all but one game last season with an injury.
Brisiel, 29, spent the past six seasons with the Houston Texans. He will be penciled in to replace Cooper Carlisle, who was released earlier this week, at right guard.
Brisiel started 47 games for the Texans, including 13 last season. He is reunited with Frank Pollack and Greg Knapp, who coached for the Texans the past five and two seasons, respectively.
The Raiders had some money to throw around at players after spending most of the past two months paring salary and creating salary-cap space.
Earlier today, the Raiders freed up $4.5 million by releasing veteran outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. The Raiders still have around $10 million in cap room.
Also, former Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens signed with the New York Jets today. He visited the Cardinals, as well, before signing with the Jets. He is reunited with former Raiders wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.


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  • Just Fire Baby

    2nd and 10, down 31 to 16 late in the 3rd qtr, and Hue calls a sweep left to Bush for a 2 yd gain.



    Not as shocking when you consider that play-caller is now helping out as an assistant DB coach.

  • raiderzmaverick

    I like these signings. Filling key holes, with players who were really solid before getting injured. If they play like they did pre-injury they’re steals.

    Keep going Reggie. We still need another two O-Linemen (RT and a C or RG (if we’re moving Wiz to Center and filling his space with Bartell).

    And two solid LBs as well.

  • J Hill

    True dat, JFB.

  • J Hill

    I like our team.

    I understand that we were hit hard by injuries to key starter like Huff, McClain, Seymour, CJ37, and ShoNasty. Key potential backups being like DVD, Goethel, and Chekwa being hurt in camp didn’t help either.

    Carson Palmer and Aaron Curry having a full offseason and camp with our team is going to translate to improved production.

    Our team is CLEARLY headed in the right direction!

  • raiderzmaverick

    J Hill Says:
    March 17th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Just not excited about our options at RDE unless we are going to be bringing a LB too.

    Dline looks great as far as stopping the run.

    But we all know this league is a passing league. Bryant and ShoNasty as starting DEs for us is just not enough quick pressure.
    This same D-Line 2 years ago was in the top 5 as far as QB Sacks (I think top 3 if I remember correctly). They can get to the QB, each and every one of them. It’s stopping the run which they were mostly cold about.

  • raiderzmaverick

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 17th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I would like an example of a successful offense that Knapp showed up to and let things “fall apart”.

    We may not have as many yards per game, BUT I WILL GUARANTEE, that we finish better than 16th in the NFL in scoring next year, which was our ranking last year.
    Show me an example of an offense which he took and made considerably better since we won the superbowl (not 10 years ago, but some time in his past 7 years as an OC)

  • raiderzmaverick

    We could easily have a #3 – #7 offense next year if we creatively use the weapons that we have and they stay healthy for the most part.

  • J Hill

    DHB is having a big game.

    Despite the fact that he dropped a TD and a couple other bunnies.

  • Raider O Says:
    March 17th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I told You People we should have signed Mario Williams.


    With what? Monopoly money?

  • Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 17th, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I have more confidence in Mason Brodine helping this club more than Goethel, Bruce Campbell or the “Missile”.


    Isn’t Qadry Ismail a little old, anyway?

  • J Hill

    This same D-Line 2 years ago was in the top 5 as far as QB Sacks


    Our team as a whole was, not just our Dline, right?

    Plus Seymour and Kelly are 2 years older and probably not going to be asked to play the shoot the gap style that we’ve become used to.

  • J Hill

    TD pass to Boss, gets hit in the noodle and doesn’t get up.

    Dude got knocked out a lot last year, unfortunately. Started in the preseason.

  • J Hill


    I don’t think we need to be to creative at all this season. I think we saw a lot of that trickery because the OC didn’t have a lot of faith in the QB just lining up and beating someone.

    With the upgrade at QB and the maturation of our WRs, I think you’re going to see us just lineup in a lot of 3 WR sets with Ausberry at TE and just outscore people.

  • luvmarvhub

    “Is it safe to assume that DHB will be better next year?”

    He may show improvement in route running, but it’s never safe to assume his hands and tracking the ball will get better. Might get a bit better in that regard, but not appreciably better.

    Hand-eye co-ordination is set much earlier in life. Only part of this is, at this age, learnable. What he can try to control is tenseness. That might help make his hands softer if he’s trying to catch the long ball, but that’s about it.

    Some people cannot both run and catch at the same time, which is why he had more success with short, possession catches (ran short route, stopped, waited for the ball), then caught ball with his stomach.

    Don’t ask too much of him.

  • J Hill






    Not sure how anyone matches up with that.

  • luvmarvhub

    Kevin Boss has has so many concussions, even after not hard collisions, that I am surprised the NFL will even let him play again. He is the very kind of player the studies show should hang up his helmet before he has early onset Parkinsons.

  • J Hill

    40 yd run by Tolbert mid way through the 4th qtr was a back breaker.

    Defensive formation we had out there, the run was not surprising at all. 3 man line with Wimbley as one of the 3 and Houston standing up as an OLB over gate.

    Needless to say Rivers audibled and right right over Wimbley’s side.

    Later on, Lito and Gio get abused by Floyd for 6.

    I wonder if that one series of plays got all 3 of them cut?