Free agent center Satele arrested

There has been little buzz about the possibility of the Raiders re-signing unrestricted free agent center Samson Satele, even though he’s started 42 games in three years since being acquired from the Miami Dolphins.

In light of an disorderly conduct arrest in his native Hawaii Saturday as reported in the Honolulu Advertiser, there might be even less now.

It seemed as if Satele might be out the door last year when he was an unrestricted free agent and the Raiders drafted Stefen Wisniewski, with Hue Jackson procliaming him the starting center.

Instead, Satele signed another one-year deal with the Raiders and Wisniewski instead started all season at left guard.

When Satele arrived in Oakland, the Raiders were strictly a zone blocking team under coach Tom Cable. He was slow to adapt to the system, but eventually became the starter and has been lauded for his toughness and ability to play through injury. In Satele’s first season with Oakland, Chris Morris, smaller, quicker and an experienced zone blocker, was the starter for the first four games.

The Raiders will return to a heavy emphasis on zone blocking this season under offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and line coach Frank Pollack, who were both with the Houston Texans last season. The Raiders have already imported one Houston player in Mike Brisiel, who will replace Cooper Carlisle at right guard.

It remains to be seen whether Wisniewski will remain at left guard or move to center.

Satele was arrested at 4 a.m. in an area popular having many late-night restaurants and bars, according to the Advertiser story.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer