The Oakland Raiders signed defensive ends Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley to two year deals late Thursday evening. Inking these two sack masters was exactly what the doctor ordered for the raiders. Both players not only address but upgrade the Raiders defensive line.
Tuck is coming off an 11-sack season after only getting nine total the previous two years while dealing with injuries. His 60.5 career sacks ranks sixth in New York Giants history. Very impressive, especially when you consider the line of great pass rushers that preceded him.
Tuck will turn 31 on March 29th but his veteran presence and two Super Bowl rings is sure to get the younger players attention. Tuck is not just a pass rush specialist, he also has a reputation as a strong run defender, and has often moved inside to play defensive tackle in the ‘NASCAR’ package that the Giants like to use when they want to load up on pass-rushers on obvious passing downs.
The 29 year old Woodley is a renowned player in his own right. He brings 57 career sacks to Oakland. Woodley is coming off a 5 sack season in which he was limited to only 11 games due a nagging hamstring and calf injury. He played left outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 3-4 alignment, so if the Raiders run a ‘MULTIPLE’ scheme he can help there, but they base out of the 4-3 so he will likely play a lot of defensive end for the Raiders.
Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver will have no problem utilizing his skill set. The 7 year vet has confirmed that he can put his hand in the dirt and play left defensive end. Expect him to return to his traditional position of left outside linebacker in the Raiders 3-4 sets. He turns 30 in November.
Both players have vowed to assist in recruiting players to come to Oakland. That’s dedication the Raiders haven’t had in years.
Welcome to Oakland fellas.