Al Davis had Jared Gaither on the hook since NFL free agency began. Today he reeled in his man. Vittorio Tarfur Tweeted the news and reports state Gaither is already in Napa for camp.
Gaither gives the Raiders some much needed help at tackle. The right side of the line has been one of the bigger weaknesses in recent years with the likes of Cornell Green and Langston Walker taking turns not to mention the occasional Khalif Barnes and Mario Henderson sightings on the right side of the O-line.
The biggest concern is Gaither’s health after he missed all of last season with a neck injury. It will be interesting to see what kind of a contractual commitment the Raiders made to their newest addition.
Standing 6’9” and tipping the scales at 340+ pounds, Gaither gives Oakland two pillars on opposing sides with the 6’8” Jared Veldheer penciled in at left tackle. There has been some speculation that Veldheer could give way to Gaither on the left but that remains to be seen. Much of that will obviously depend on how he performs in camp.
Expect the offensive line battles to be the most competitive in camp.
Update: Drew Rosenhaus Tweets the following mere minutes after the reports of Gaither coming to terms .
Jared Gaither has not agreed to contract terms with the Raiders.