The Oakland Raiders have been quiet early in the free agent period. But just because they have not made any signings does not mean they are not looking at players, and in some instances showing serious interest in those players.
It has already been reported that the Raiders are meeting with former Cleveland Browns linebacker, Kaluka Maiava. Now, there are reports that the Raiders are interested in guard Matt Slauson, who played under the Raiders new offensive line coach Tony Sporano in New York last season.
Slauson is an above average guard, but is nothing to get too excited about. In fact, the Jets drafted Vladimir Ducasse to challenge him for the starting position last season. While Slauson held off the challenge and was a starter last season, the Jets were not too keen on re-signing him.
Clearly, the Raiders could use depth and guys to compete for both of the starting guard positions and Slauson would certainly provide both of those. But at the same time, he is not someone that I would feel is a significant upgrade over the guards on our team right now.
Here is what Scout's Inc. has to say about Slauson:
"Slauson has been a durable and consistent interior offensive lineman for the Jets. He is a big, strong, physical run-blocker with above-average athleticism for the position. He is limited at staying connected on the second level. He can anchor well in pass protection but gets exposed at times versus quicker interior defenders."
They graded Slauson out as a 69, which falls at the top of their "average starter" range.