During this accelerated free agency period it is only natural that there will be false starts and stops. Yesterday’s news of the Raiders coming to terms with Jared Gaither is a perfect example.
First there were wide spread reports of the Raiders coming to terms with Gaither. Then Gaither’s ultra smarmy successful agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Tweeted something quite to the contrary. It wouldn’t be until Steve Corkran got to the bottom of the whole situation later in the evening that some light was shed on the subject.
According to Corkran’s blog post, the Raiders are in an evaluating process with Gaither at the moment. Wanting to see exactly what kind of condition he’s in and seeking to make sure there’s a clean bill of health, Gaither is only “visiting” for the time being. Hue Jackson is quoted in the post with the following.
“What we’ll do is we’ll make that decision after we find out if we are going to sign him, first. Then, two, we’ll put the best five linemen out there and put them wherever we need to put them. Obviously, I’ve been around Jared and know exactly what he is and if he is a part of our team, we’re going to play him wherever we think he will best fit for us.”
That makes perfect sense.
When a guy misses an entire year with a back injury you want to make sure he’s fit for the physical grind of football.
Perhaps there is an agreement in place that suits the interests of both parties with this feeling out process being a condition of said agreement. Who really knows?
What we do know is that the Raiders badly need help on the O-line. The bigger concern is what happens if Gaither doesn’t do enough convincing? Then where will the Raiders turn?
Since free agents can’t report until August 4th there is no concern for Gaither or any other FA missing any added time. More to the point, who else is available?
Outside of Gaither, the only other Raider free agency rumors have been relegated to defensive players. Having officially lost Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles Oakland must now concentrate on getting help at cornerback as well.