As the first day of free agency drew to a close word began to spread late that the Raiders were negotiating with Baltimore Ravens free agent tackle Jared Gaither. At 6’9”, 340-pounds, Gaither is the kind of lineman the Raiders love. His size and athleticism would be a beautiful fit to bookend the offensive line. Just think of those two pillars, Gaither and Jared Veldheer at opposite ends. It’s a frightening prospect for opposing defenses.
Gaither is familiar with Hue Jackson as the two did time together in Baltimore during Jackson’s tenure as a QB coach. The immediate red flag is that Gaither sat out all of last season due to a back injury. There’s no telling what kind of condition he’s in due in large part to the injury but also the lengthy lockout so that has got to be a cause for concern.
Still, the Raiders desperately need to do something with the right tackle position. Taking the gamble on Gaither looks infinitely better than running free agent Mario Henderson or the unknowingly retired Langston Walker back onto the field in 2011.
Gaither has made his bones in the NFL as a physical pass blocker. He arrived in Baltimore as a 5th round pick in the supplemental draft back in 2007. All Gaither went on to do was replace a man destined for the Hall of Fame in Jonathan Ogden at left tackle. Continuing Al Davis’ hobby of collecting Maryland Terrapins, Gaither could join fellow alums Darrius Heyward-Bey and Bruce Campbell in the East Bay.
In addition to addressing the needs along the offensive line Oakland is reported to be in talks with safety Dashon Goldson who could all but usher Michael Huff out of the Bay.
Goldson would help to bolster the secondary and wouldn’t be making a huge move as he’s played just across the Bay for the 49ers during his NFL career.
A Carson native, Goldson attended Narbonne High which boasts of Nnamdi Asomughua among its many proud alums.
The Chronicle reports that Goldson has downplayed the talks, chalking them up to a friendly relationship with Coach Jackson due to their L.A. roots.