For the first time in four years, there’s a new number 92 in Oakland. Former sixth round pick Stacy McGee moved on as a free agent. His number and perhaps his position as well now belong to this man.
DT Paul Boyette
This 6-2, 310-pound defensive lineman joins the Raiders as an undrafted rookie out of Texas, where he was a regular starter over the past three years. In that time, he put up a total of 102 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
Boyette is no stranger to the NFL. His uncle Garland was a Pro Bowl middle linebacker for the Houston Oilers back in the 60s and another uncle, Ernie, also spent time in the NFL.
Right now Boyette is in the competition at the nose tackle spot. The team released Dan Williams this offseason, leaving only Justin Ellis as a sure fit at the position. As far as team on which Boyette would have a decent shot of cracking the roster and seeing the field, the Raiders are one of the better places to be.
Who wore it best: DT Richard Seymour (2009-12)
It didn't take long for Seymour to become the best Raiders player to don the number 92. The All Pro came to Oakland via trade with the New England Patriots. He started all 16 games his first season with the team at defensive end. The following season, he moved inside and returned to the Pro Bowl for the first time in five years. He would be named to the Pro Bowl again the following season.
Not only was Seymour a disruptive force in the middle for the Raiders, he brought up the play of linemate Tommy Kelly who had a couple of his best seasons playing next to Seymour.
In total Seymour spent four seasons with the Raiders. The final season was cut short by injury and it automatically voided the remainder of his rather enormous contract. That was the final season of his 12-year NFL career which saw him named to 7 Pro Bowls and 3 All Pro teams.