The Raiders lost another one of their free agents Saturday. Defensive end Trevor Scott signed a one year deal with the New England Patriots, becoming the latest in a string of former Raiders who have been plucked in this first week of free agency.
If Scott was to return to the Raiders, he would have been valuable for his ability to play both defensive end and linebacker. And with the team cutting ties with Kamerion Wimbley on Friday, having a versatile DE/OLB would have been a valuable thing. He will join the Patriots 3-4 defense in a similar capacity.
Scott was drafted by the Raiders out of Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. The former tight end had only played a single season of defensive end in college and proved that the conversion was a good one as he came on strong early in his NFL career. He played in all 32 games his first two seasons with the team; recording 12 sacks. He would start six games at outside linebacker in his second season.
He moved back to defensive end in 2010 and started ten games before being lost for the season with a torn ACL. Last season he played in 14 games but didn't see the field much and recorded just 7 tackles all season.
The Raiders were already in much need of help at linebacker. The position is in even greater need now and yet the team has yet to sign a single player at the position now five days into free agency.