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Packers cut DB Woodson; Raiders should begin pursuit

Now that the Green Bay Packers made official what was speculated on most of the day, the Raiders should contact Woodson’s agent and see if there’s any interest in Woodson rejoining the Raiders.
Of course, it might be a futile exercise, given Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, said that Woodson wants to play for a Super Bowl contender, and the Raiders seem much farther away from that than most other teams.
Still, it’s worth a shot. Woodson might be intrigued about finishing his NFL career with the team that drafted him in 1998 and exposed him to his first taste of postseason success.
Woodson joined a Raiders team fresh from a 4-12 season before his arrival. They were in the playoffs three seasons later, with Woodson playing a huge role at cornerback.
Naturally, the Raiders were 4-12 last season, too, and seem just as far away from being a legitimate contender as they were when Woodson first joined the Raiders.
Cost also would be an issue for a Raiders team that isn’t as flush with salary-cap space as other teams. Further, it’s unlikely that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would overspend to be reunited with Woodson.
In November, McKenzie talked about how difficult it was his first year with the Raiders, given their salary-cap constraints.
“I remember talking to Ted Thompson,” McKenzie said of the Packers general manager. “His rookie year, he was able to get Charles Woodson. I would have liked to have done that.”
Well, now McKenzie can make that happen.
Signing Woodson would allow the Raiders to leave Michael Huff at cornerback and give them something they have lacked for numerous seasons: an impact player on defense.
The Raiders need far more help than Woodson can provide, especially this late in his career. Still, McKenzie has to start somewhere. Bringing in a player as well respected and talented as Woodson would be viewed as just that kind of start.

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  • Priesttj12

    Reggie is paranoid, he knows he cannot miss and that is the holdup.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    I like DHB, too. I can’t tell if he runs his routes correctly or not. That’s been one of the criticisms. I’m not convinced any of us semi pro’s can, except for the few who are all knowing and all seeing. They know who they are. Just ask ‘em.
    But running routes is something receivers should get better and better at, especially hard working ones. And somebody here observed that Palmer and the receiving corps appeared to be progressing nicely as the 2011 season wound down. For all the receivers and Palmer to regress in Knapp’s new scheme is not a coincidence,in my opinion.
    I’d love it if he were a more natural catcher, but he certainly has improved. I not only don’t cringe when the ball’s in the air going his way anymore, I expect him to catch it.
    He does everything else very well. He’s big, fast, strong, and a great blocker. And tough plus he’s got an attitude, which I like.
    I wouldn’t cut him.

  • J Hill

    The part that’s getting lost on some of you is the SALARY that DHB and Huffhave next year.

    THAT is the reason they are potential cap casualties in my mind.

    10 million for DHB and 11 million for Huff?

    No way they should be making that.

  • Just Fire Baby

    In two seasons, D-Moore has 13 TD’s.

    In four seasons, DHB has 11.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Huff has a slim chance of making his salary.

    DHB has zero chance.

  • Priesttj12

    Neither may be worth what they are making but that is the nature of sports today when you force players to re-neg every year that’s what happens. They did force the Raiders to make those move sthe Raiders asked them to help. So don’t blame the players how many time should they re-neg before they get their money?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why is Bergstrom considered a ZBS guy?

    Steve Wisniewski is the guy credited with “uncovering” him as a potential NFL guard.

    Back to RT for him, where he was first team all Pac 12.

  • Priesttj12

    That’s Palmer forcing the ball to Moore almost every down and throwing picks as he does it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB hasn’t been asked to restructure yet.

  • Just Fire Baby

    D-Moore had 3 TD’s in 4 games with Jason Campbell.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    Gdog Says:
    If we draft Warmack I am fine rolling the dice that Nix or Bergstrom can fill in for the horrible, horrible, horrible Brisiel.
    =========================================================

    Brisiel is highly regarded and Houston fans were upset losing him. The party line is he was hurtin’ bad but soldiered on ’cause nobody was good enough to step in. If true, I’ll reserve judgement. What we saw was pretty horrible. But not as bad as Barnes backup, and he was healthy.

    =========

    Another reason it was pointless to cut Barksdale. Didn’t save one nickel. A cut for the sake of a cut. Stupid.

  • Just Fire Baby

    3 TD’s in 4 games with Soup, 1 TD in 1 game with TP, and 9 TD’s in 21 games with Palmer.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Barksdale was a no-show for OTA’s, that’s why he was cut.

    Made a lesson out of him.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Uh oh. Palmer bashing about to commence. Back to ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’

  • Raiders for life

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 7:55 pm
    SHREK has no plan.

    Scrap the offense, go with the ZBS, draft for the ZBS.

    Scrap the offense, back to the original offense.

    SHREK is grasping at straws.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

    #########################

    All you do is biatch and moan. Unless you have any better ideas shut the fkn fck up.
    BAN DR Cunter S Thomson

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Obviously not you, Vegas.

  • Gdog

    He does everything else very well. He’s big, fast, strong, and a great blocker. And tough plus he’s got an attitude, which I like.
    I wouldn’t cut him.

    >>>>

    Only if a TEAM is important. Hard work and doing the things that don’t show up on the fantasy players scoreboard (BLOCKING) need to be rewarded.

    Nice to see the 100-post-a-day JFB pointing towards TDs instead.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I like DHB, and hope they bring him back on a restructured deal.

    He is committed to being a Raider, he just isn’t a top 50 NFL WR.

  • Gdog

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Uh oh. Palmer bashing about to commence. Back to ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’

    >>>

    Yup…. here comes the late night Kiddy Patrol!

    I am out…

  • Priesttj12

    JFB stop boring me, Palmer forces the ball to Moore a lot they aren’t all TD’s but he forces it to him more than he should when DHB could be the better option at times. I would take Moore over DHB given most situations but he overdoes it…period

    There are times when he needs tp spread teh ball around more instead of getting into his tunnel vision trances.

  • DJ Johnny

    Purvis, I agree on DHB. He is making a ton of money though.

    I’m okay with moving on from Huff and Kelly, AND DHB if he doesn’t restructure.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I saw Soup force a ball to Moore deep in Buffalo into triple coverage, for a TD.

  • Raiders for life

    Ahh, the DHB saga continues.
    Dude is a warrior, tough and seems to be a team player.
    But, he can’t catch a football all that well.
    Do you want to pay a guy that much because he’s tough and a team player? I don’t see him getting any better, I see Craptree getting better though.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Each player on “that list,” will need to be cut/released if not traded or restructured.

  • Priesttj12

    I just hope Reggie which is a huge hope isn’t as crazy as you guys who wnat to CUT someone everytime the make a few more bucks than they should you’ll never ever biuld a team. Contracts just get out of whack no matter how hard you try not to. It’s part of the business NOBODY is worth what they are getting.

    You cannot biuld a team on a shoestring budget. Not saying who they should keep and who they shouldn’t just saying. You guys are crazy with this he’s making too much money crap.

    That’s the business they’re in you cannot cry everytime that exist because it will always exist……..period

    Soon as you get rid of these guys you’ll need to do it again because there will always be players getting paid what they’re not worth and players NOT getting paid what they’re worth. It all washes out in the end.

    IT’S THE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS!!!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    DHB is way overpaid, but he has some utility.

    Has to be used correctly.

    Still has problems with his hands and tracking the ball (esp over the shoulder), but is actually pretty good when he faces the QB. Despite his terrific top speed he is not much of a deep threat, but is always a threat to break a tackle and gain substantial YAC.

    Very good size and an adept blocker.

    Mike Puff, on the other hand is a useless turd.

    There isn’t a single thing he does well – except talk.

    He brings absolutely NOTHING to the table, except for being versatile.

    Problem is, his versatility means nothing because he’s pure mediocrity or worse at everything he does.

    He is NOT a corner. Although he has good overall athleticism, he doesn’t have the footspeed to play CB.
    Will be burnt deep if put on an island.

    His safety play stinks. Does not anticipate well, as is evidenced by the pathetic interception total he has accumulated over the years. He’s still in single digits.

    He can’t hit to save his life. He is a marginal tackler.

    This is a guy that hasn’t managed to score a defensive touchdown in 8 years in Oakland.

    He has made TWO impact plays his entire career.

    The strip sack of Rivers, and the game ending pick in Houston.

    Puff is vastly overpaid, should be considered a huge bust, and will not be missed at all.

    Easily replaced.

    He can cram his talk about finally playing in a ‘real’ defense up his keyster – he’s one of the reasons our defense has been ‘real’ bad.

  • DJ Johnny

    For me, it’s not a standpoint of guys are overpaid so let’s cut ‘em. If this were baseball I wouldn’t care how much any of them made. I’m sure the Davis family and the minority owners have plenty of money to live on, but having to work within the cap restriction, you look at what some guys are taking up in that regard and it hinders spending money on other players who might help us more.

  • xxxxplorer

    Bring back Willie Brown and George Atkinson.

  • Raiders for life

    1127

    Yep, look at what Reece is making. Peanuts compared to some.

  • Priesttj12

    The best thing you cna do is manage your team the best way you can and the great GM’s do it the best. The key is to have psoition coaches who get out of players what they have to offer. In a lot of cases it isn’t the player so much as it is the situation he’s been put in.

    Take that same player in a better situation and he can live up to the demand his money commands. That’s why I say when you always look at what a specific player is making maybe just maybe it’s NOT all his fault.

    Every situation is not so cut and dry…..Man look what he’s making!!!

    The Raiders need to staighten their hands and maybe these contracts wont look as bad as they do. I think som of these players are underutilized or used wrong. But we can all agree to disagree I just see things different.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Players who deserve a raise:
    Vehldeer > the only one who should be making $10 million,
    Reece> at least double if not triple his current salary, which isn’t even 2 million,
    Wisniewski> solid at one position, great at another,
    Condo> he proved season opener how valuable he is to this team.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Lol

    Loyal

  • Try Some Reality

    J Hill Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 8:18 pm
    The part that’s getting lost on some of you is the SALARY that DHB and Huffhave next year.

    THAT is the reason they are potential cap casualties in my mind.

    10 million for DHB and 11 million for Huff?

    No way they should be making that.

    ===========================================

    Exactly! DHB this, DHB that. Look, I like DHB’s attitude and I hope the kid makes it but he is NOT worth 10 million. Sorry.

  • Try Some Reality

    DHB can’t be counted on to catch the ball consistently (a darn near given for any WR getting any kind of playing time at this level) and people are rationalizing why we should keep him for $10 million. Lol. Get a kick out of some of you.

  • Priesttj12

    Nobody SAID HE WAS STUPID, now what’s your argument?

  • RaiderRetribution

    120 million

    QBs- 12
    WRs- 10
    RBs- 10
    TEs- 6
    OLs- 20
    STs- 4
    DL- 20
    LBs- 15
    DBs- 20

    That leaves around 3 million to move around, performance of players will adjust this

  • Priesttj12

    No matter what you do YOU will never get proportionate play for pay. It’s impossible no matter how diligent you are and how hard you try because players are not robots. Some will be underpaid and some will be overpaid so you’ll be having tghis argument until the day you die.

    It would be different in a PERFECT world but this aint it…………..GET IT!!!

  • RaiderRetribution

    DHB catches and blocks like he is a TE.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I understand, as others have pointed out, the players still on that list are Ninety percent of our payroll, none are AP, Megatron, Brady, Rogers, Brees, Fitzgerald, or Revis; hell they’re not even Thomas, Lynch, Nelson, Ryan, Dalton, or Smith.

  • raidertbone

    Here’s the story on DHB: He was in way over his head from the moment he was drafted. There was no way he was ever going to live up to the expectations heaped upon him, from the start. He started rough, but worked really, really hard (give him that). He became a very serviceable receiver for the Raiders – but $10 million? C’mon people! He has already made WAY more money than he ever would have made in an Al-less world. Good luck to him, going forward – in another uniform.

    As for Huff, the time of parting is close at hand – can’t afford you, dude!

  • raidertbone

    I’d rather see Brian Hartline in a Raider uniform than DHB.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Huff, Kelly, and DHB seem like prime candidates for salary cap casualties.

    ***

    Jhill,

    I agree

    what does that make Palmer, McClain & Branch?

    scholarship candidates ??

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think we are fine at CB with Huff and Hanson for one year… Adams as fill in.

    We do need at least two d-linemen to replace Kelly and upgrade Shonasty.

    ***

    Gdog,

    the D-Line has been known as the “strength of our defense” for quite some time now. You’re suggesting we scrap half of it AND leave the turds alone in the secondary ??

    recipe for disaster

  • RaiderRockstar

    Oakland Raiders: There’s a major problem with using the franchise tag on punter Shane Lechler, apart from the fact that the Raiders have landed in a salary cap black hole. While the franchise tag for punters and kickers will be an affordable $2.9 million in 2013, Lechler’s cap number last year was $4.9 million. Under the CBA, he’s entitled to a 120 percent raise over that number, which translates to a cap number of $5.88 million. It could be time for the much cheaper Marquette King, a converted receiver who has drawn comparisons to the monster-legged Reggie Roby. Either way, it’s hard to imagine that the cap-strapped Raiders would pay a punter twice the amount of the base franchise tag for punters.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/17/team-by-team-look-at-who-wouldcouldshould-be-tagged/

  • RaiderRockstar

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/17/with-free-agency-looming-heres-a-list-of-all-of-them/

    FA list

    cross off all the big names and that is who BigMac will consider signing

    2013 themes: GO CHEAP & GO DEEP !!

  • Just Fire Baby

    2013 = Code Freshness

    Can Carson’s stale azz!!

  • raidertbone

    RockStar:
    I agree with you. As much as I have loved Lechler over the years, and as many times as he has bailed the Raiders out of bad situations with his booming kicks, it’s time to save some money. If Reggie builds up the rest of the team, the Raiders won’t have to rely on 65 yard punts anymore, just to survive. King will do just fine, for now. Raiders just need to make sure to get a good holder for SeaBass placekicks! AND REPLACE THE TURF ON THE FIELD, FINALLY!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t think Lechler will be back, but I also don’t think they are going to hand the keys over to King so easily.

    He will be pushed with competition, and if we end up keeping all these 6th and 7th round picks (I think we have 4 now with some comp ones in the pipeline) we might just draft a punter in the 7th round as well.

    King’s biggest issue to staying? Holding. He sucked at it, and it is a crucial component to being a punter.

    Seabass may end up with the final word on who our punter is.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I guess if King is super impressive punting, and still can’t hold, they coudl utilize the 3rd string QB as the holder, but ideally your punter is the one doing it.

  • raidertbone

    I still say that if the Raiders can get QB Landry Jones in the third round, that could go a long way toward solving the quarterback situation long-term .. and from what I understand, he’s a pretty good holder, as well.