Despite the very public loss of two very high profile players the Oakland Raiders haven’t had much trouble retaining the talent from last season’s 8-8 squad. For the moment we’ll just conveniently forget the loss of the league’s best corner and one of the league’s best young tight ends. Who cares about those guys when you’ve got your starting center back?
Stefen Wisniewski might be the future but Samson Satele is still the now. When he was granted unrestricted free agency it seemed likely Satele was as good as gone. Oakland had already drafted the new Wiz and given every indication they were going in a different direction at center.
However the loss of Robert Gallery combined with a large amount of inexperience along the O-line led Satele back into Silver and Black.
Satele could very well be out at center. But that doesn’t mean he’s out of the mix.
Both Wisniewski and Satele can play either guard position so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the two men lining up side by side with the first team. Satele’s versatility was one of the bigger reasons why the Raiders traded for the former Dolphin almost three years ago.
Satele struggled in Tom Cable’s zone blocking scheme but really emerged last season specifically in the running game. His athleticism has long been valued but Satele’s strength has been a hindrance with regards to handling the bigger nose tackles in the AFC West.