The Oakland Raiders may have pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes. There is a report that the Raiders are talking with Eugene Monroe, Rodger Saffold and other unnamed tackles.
Raiders have been talking with several tackles, including Monroe and Saffold. Buccaneers have talked with Saffold and Collins.
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 9, 2014
With Jared Veldheer not signing before the beginning of the legal tampering period began, many fretted that the Raiders may not have taken re-signing him seriously enough. This led to a fear among many in Raider Nation that the team could field a group of scrubs on the offensive line again this season.
But McKenzie is not the only one looking for greener pastures. While Veldheer talks with other teams, he could find himself without an offer in Oakland anymore. Eugene Monroe would be an upgrade over Veldheer and Saffold would be comparable or a little bit of a downgrade.
There is clearly nothing set in stone yet as signings cannot be completed until Tuesday, but there is already a report from the Baltimore Sun that the Raiders may be close to signing Saffold to a deal that would pay him around $8 million a year. Many believe he would be a better right tackle or guard than left tackle, but at that price tag I would imagine McKenzie sees him as a left tackle.
The more interesting note in that report is the fact that it has Jared Veldheer going to the Arizona Cardinals, for less money than Saffold. If true, that would be both confusing and a bad sign for the Raiders. Saffold certainly would not be an upgrade.
Things are getting interesting Raider Nation.
Ok, not really an update. Just something I felt the need to say. Let’s all remember that this is all rumor at this point. And most likely a rumor started by a player agent. Keep that in mind.