Two players landed in Buffalo today — one who entered the league with the Raiders and the other many Raiders fans hoped would be joining the Raiders this offseason. The former is wide receiver Rod Streater, the latter linebacker Gerald Hodges.
Rod Streater, who was the first undrafted free agent under Reggie McKenzie to work his way to a starting role, will now try to get his career back on track with the Buffalo Bills.
Streater’s best season came in his second year in 2013 when he started 14 games and had 60 catches for 888 yards and 4 touchdowns. A broken leg derailed his 2014 season and an unknown illness in 2015 had him fall behind the other receivers and he was never able to work his way back.
After four years in Oakland, Streater was allowed to leave as a free agent, signing with the Chiefs. Prior to the start of the season, he was traded to the 49ers where he spent the 2016 season, appearing in all 16 games, starting two and catching 18 passes for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Hodges is also a former 49ers player. One who, with the Raiders need at inside linebacker, seemed to be a potentially solid addition as a free agent. After all, in 12 starts for the 49ers last season, he had respectable numbers, collecting 80 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended and a forced fumble.
Jack Del Rio has said several times he’s still not content at the linebacker position. With Hodges off the market, the only other inside linebacker still out there worth mentioning now is Raiders 2016 starting inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr.
Hard to say what exactly the Raiders are waiting for if not guys like Hodges and Riley to bulk up the linebacker unit.