If Samson Satele were actually a Raider then this would be Reggie McKenzie’s first taste of dealing with all those ridiculous silver and black stereotypes (for the record the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings are the current leaders in NFL arrests). Instead, free agent center Satele’s arrest in his native Hawaii on charges of disorderly conduct is news only because of his career in pro football, not so much because of the team he plays for.
Once the Raiders selected Stefen Wisniewski it was pretty evident that Satele’s days in the Bay were numbered. The former Dolphin arrived via trade just over three years ago and was a fixture in the middle of Oakland’s line.
His athletic ability always impressed but Satele’s strength came into question often when he faced quality nose tackles.
Now he’s got to be more concerned with finding work in light of this incident.
Satele hasn’t generated much interest on the open market and the Raiders have already added Mike Brisiel to the roster. Wisniewski appears poised to take over as the fulltime center leaving Satele out of work in Oakland.
Of course nothing is official as of yet. The charge is a “petty misdemeanor”, it’s not like Satele is going to face a Ray Lewis court trial here. Still, any team that might decide to sign Satele will have to await the final decision of the NFL’s judge, jury and executioner – Roger Goodell.
Satele is due back in court on April 18th.