The Raiders have made numerous re-signings recently: Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt, Kamerion Wimbley (with the franchise tag), Rock Cartwright, and John Henderson.
They have also tagged, as insurance, potential RFAs Michael Bush, Zach Miller, Ricky Brown, and Jon Condo.
The most recent re-signings regard Daniel Loper, Hiram Eugene, Kyle Boller, and Michael Bennett.
I have to praise the Raiders for being active and making an attempt to keep the roster intact, but the contracts of Daniel Loper and Hiram Eugene spur a lot of conversation.
Loper’s new contract “pays him $1.9 million in 2011 and $2 million in 2012.” Does that mean he will be starting at guard? Perhaps. That is potentially a lot of money for a backup. He did perform decently in reserve for Robert Gallery, but does that automatically elevate him to the starting position?
Hiram Eugene will receive “$2 million this year, $2.25 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014.” Eugene was a core special teams player last year, and although the Raiders do pay highly for special teams players, does this mean Eugene could be in the Raiders plans to start at FS? In that scenario, the Raiders could let Huff go and slide Eugene in, but it appears that rookie Stevie Brown was quite promising last year. Why should Eugene start over Brown? Do the Raiders believe Huff’s price will be too much to bear on the open market? I thinking keeping Huff would be the best move. If not, I would like to see what Brown can do at FS. I do not know if the Raiders can pair SSs Mike Mitchell and Tyvon Branch together in the backfield, but that could be worth a shot as well.
It is interesting to see the Raiders offseason plan at work. It is hard to evaluate the signings without seeing the end result and actions in the draft.