Should Raiders go after Chris Canty?

Al Bello

The salary cap casualties have been coming down across the NFL. One such release was that of Chris Canty. I examine whether the Raiders should make a play for him.

The Giants have been purging big contracts of late trying to clear cap room and get younger. One of their cuts was defensive tackle Chris Canty.

The Raiders are on the verge of cutting their own salary heavy defensive tackle, Tommy Kelly. The starter next to him, Richard Seymour will see his contract voided due to lack of playing time. The Raiders will be in need of a defensive tackle.

The 8-year veteran defensive tackle is 30 years old which is two years younger than Tommy Kelly and three years younger than Richard Seymour. He has fewer sacks from the defensive tackle position than either Kelly or Seymour over the past three seasons and fewer tackles as well.

At 286 pounds, he's light for a defensive tackle. That's the same weight as Lamarr Houston and slightly lighter than Desmond Bryant.

He is suited for either a 3-4 defensive end or a 3-tech defensive tackle. The Raiders' first priority at defensive tackle is to re-sign Bryant. He could be the answer at 3-tech defensive tackle to replace Richard Seymour.

Bryant finished strong with a sack in each of the Raiders' final four games. Canty had 3.0 sacks through nine games last season while battling knee and groin injuries. But even through a healthy 16 games in 2011, he had just 4.0 sacks and 48 tackles - both career highs.

If the Raiders were to show interest, I can't see it being for much more than a rotational player on a 1-2 year deal. He can still contribute and if he'd be willing to come off the bench as a part time player in Oakland, I could see there being some interest.

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