Oakland Raiders 2010s All-Decade Team: Defense and Specialists

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Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha after his second interception of the day as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 24 to 21 at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 1, 2006. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary) /

Defensive Backs

CB: Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha played for the Raiders from 2003 to 2010, meaning he only played one season this decade for the team. With that being said, the Raiders corners have been awful this decade, and in ten years, none have done what Asomugha did in that one season.

In 2010, Asomugha was not only named to the Pro Bowl but was also selected as first-team All-Pro. Asomugha was the best cornerback in football for the Raiders before leaving for the Eagles in 2011, and it has been hard for the team to fill the void he left since.

CB: David Amerson

The Raiders have been awful at cornerback this decade, as it has been one of the main reasons the Raiders have struggled so heavily. David Amerson was one of my least favorite players on the team while he played, but he did do some good things, and earns a spot here.

When Amerson came to the Raiders in 2015, he recorded four interceptions, as well as having six in his career as a Raider, to go along with breaking up 41 passes. Amerson would not make the All-Decade team on most NFL teams, but in a decade where the Raiders struggled at cornerback, he was one of the best of the bunch.

FS: Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson will forever be a legend for the Raiders. Woodson returned to the Raiders in 2013 and played until 2015 where he had one of his best seasons. Charles Woodson is surely a future Hall of Famer and is an avid supporter for the team.

From 2013-2015, Woodson recorded ten interceptions, defended 20 passes, forced four fumbles, and was named to the Pro Bowl in his final season at 39 years old. Nobody can forget him leaving the Coliseum for the very last time putting up the “O” symbol to the Raiders faithful.

SS: Tyvon Branch

Tyvon Branch played for the Raiders from 2008 to 2014, although he rarely played in his final two seasons with the Raiders. The Raiders have not had many great safeties this decade, but before injuries, Branch had promise.

Branch recorded an interception in every season from 2010 to 2012, as well as recording five sacks in that time. He played the game the right way, was never afraid to go in and make the big tackle, and one can only wonder what could have been.

K: Sebastian Janikowski

Sebastian Janikowski played for the Raiders from 2000 to 2016 where he was one of the best kickers in the NFL for the majority of his career. In 2011, Janikowski was named to the Pro Bowl. He made over 90% of his kicks in 2012, 89% in 2011, and over 80% six times in this decade.

Janikowski was known for his leg power, kicking 50 plus yarders time and time again, as well as a record 63 yarder in 2011. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Seabass also had a tendency of missing the easy ones, but based on the love shown when he lit Al’s torch this season, his spot in Raiders history is safe.

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P: Shane Lechler

Shane Lechler was the punter for the Raiders from 2000 to 2012, becoming one of the greatest punters in NFL history. The Raiders will likely never have a better punter than Lechler, as even late in his career he was arguably one of the best players on the roster.

In 2010, Lechler was named to the Pro Bowl and selected to the first-team all-pro. In 2011, Lechler made the Pro Bowl again, and while he would end up leaving for his hometown Houston Texans, he is not only one of the greatest punters in team history, but could find himself in Canton one day.