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2nd Tier FAs the Raiders Should Consider

William Gay, CB.
Last year Gay was targeted 83 times allowing 44 receptions and 457 yards. His pass defended rating was 67.2, good for 16th best in the NFL. Infrequently the primary in Pittsburg’s scheme, the general feeling has been that he has not played up to his abilities. Could a change of scenery and a new scheme help him out in Oakland as he enters his prime years?

Anthony Collins, OT.
A 4th rounder in ’08, Collins has been relegated to back up duties in Cincy. Having been stuck behind Andre Smith, he has only seen 438 snaps over the last 2 years. During that time he has given up 0 sacks and only 4 pressures. His run blocking ability is still a question mark but regardless, I don’t see how he could possibly be anywhere near as ineffective as Khalif Barnes.

Geoff Schwartz, OG/OT.
A big, versatile OL who missed last year with an injury. Schwartz allowed only 4 sacks and 13 pressures in 2010 over 1, 016 snaps while splitting time at both RG and RT. He also excelled in run blocking helping the Panthers to rush for over 100 yards in 8 of their last 9 games that year, including a 212 yard day against ATL. He is only 26, won’t cost very much, and the Raiders need all the help they can get on the right side of the line.

Leroy Hill, OLB.
A 3rd round pick in 2005. Leroy Hill has been one of the most underrated linebackers in the NFL. Last year he saw a total of 985 snaps excelling in both pass coverage and run stopping abilities. He was 13th amongst OLB in tackling efficiency and one of the best pass coverage OLBs in the NFL (as we all know pass coverage was an area that killed the Raiders last year). In addition to this he is an underrated pass rusher. Hardly used in that role in Seattle, he still was very efficient at rushing the passer when given the opportunity. He only received 87 pass rush snaps last year and still managed to record 4 sacks. Compare that to Kam Wimbley who received 430 pass rush snaps and recorded 5 sacks*. If Wimbley gets cut, Hill should be signed immediately.

All stats courtesy of Profootballfocus.com

*Wimbley's other sacks technically resulted from non-blitz situations.

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