Safety support

It is a common trend in the NFL for talented, but aging NFL veterans to change teams within their division.  Neil Smith went to Denver, Marcus Allen went to K.C., and now Greg Wesley heads to Oakland.  Small joke; there’s no way I can compare the Smith and Allen transfers to Wesley’s arrival.  But there is one thing that should occur in a similar fashion.  Players often persuade themselves into getting revenge on the teams that let’em go, and if they can’t help their new team on the field, they know they can help them prepare during the week. 

Wesley was disgruntled with his old team before the 2007 season started, and after nearly a year of continued employment it comes with little surprise that he’s been deciding between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders since being cut last week.  There is no way Wesley was going to make it on the starting roster in either Denver or Oakland for that matter, and could’ve had a better shot at starting elsewhere, but decided otherwise.  Revenge???  I sure hope so. 

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  • Al’s Wingman

    I wouldn’t dismiss the idea of Wesley making the team.  Oakland is thin at quality safeties.  If a rookie or FA steps up all the better but if Wesley can play, why not pair him up with Gibril Wilson and give us some run/cover support since Huff has not shown he can live up to his first round (7th overall) draft pick status.

  • Christopher Perales

    I never dismissed the idea of Wesley contributing.  Just not at the level Neil Smith or Marcus Allen made when they changed teams.  Wesley’s only 30 and had 9 interceptions in the two seasons prior to last year.  But the idea that he can supplant Huff from his new spot at free-safety is just plain crazy.  You don’t sign a guy to the league minimum if you think he can start.  Huff has been playing the run at Strong safety with a cornerbacks body, but now at FS he can use his 4.32 40 speed to run down any deep threat.  Exactly the way he did to Matt Leinart in the National Championship game (the reason he was drafted so high).  His big plus was that he was a great tackler, but in the NFL he’s only been a good tackler.  That’s why people like you think he’s been a bust.  I’ve got a lot of faith that Huff will have a very good season, but I’ll go into in that in next few days when I assess the rest of the Raiders depth chart.