With linebacker Kaluka Maiava currently hobbling around Napa in a walking boot, Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie have turned to an old face in Oakland when they went looking for a veteran linebacker to bring into training camp.
Seven year veteran Omar Gaither has been signed by the Silver and Black as he rejoins Oakland after coming into Oakland last November to replace the injured Travis Goethel. Gaither stuck around for awhile, but was ultimately not resigned to come into training camp as McKenzie overhauled the roster this offseason.
Now with Maiava out, Gaither will get another chance to try to make his impression on Allen and give his career a jolt of energy. The former Tennessee Volunteer has seen his career slip away ever since the Eagles brought back Jeremiah Trotter to replace Gaither as a starter in Philly during the 2009 season.
Gaither suffered a season ending injury against the Raiders that season and has never played himself back to the level he was at when he was moonlighting as a starter on a consistent basis.
Gaither stuck around with the Eagles until 2010. From there he went to the Carolina Panthers where he played ten regular season games before being a November cut, the final blow to Gaither’s career as an NFL regular.
Gaither tried to stick on with the Texans during 2012 Training Camp, but was a final cut as he failed to make his mark on a deep Texans linebacker crew. Gaither eventually got a chance in Oakland and stuck around long enough to play in seven of the Raiders games last season totaling nine tackles and 14 combined tackles last season.
Gaither will bring the Raiders an experienced reserve during the preseason and will have an outside chance of cracking the roster if an injury arises or he can do enough to impress Dennis Allen. It doesn’t hurt to have a seven year vet come in to your training camp hungry to continue his career, expect Gaither to make his impression felt when he hits the field in Napa.