Raiders should add DT Henderson: Finish the Makeover
The Oakland Raiders did very little at the start of the free agency period and for months leading up the NFL draft. This past weekend, with the selections they made, constant moving up and down the draft board and acquisition of Jason Campbell, Oakland has dramatically changed the outlook of the team for 2010.
But one more move would really get their fan-base buzzing and make them a legitimate breakout club for next season.
Finish the makeover and add a player that you’ve needed for years now – a Pro Bowl type defensive tackle. Sign John Henderson!
Reports this morning indicate that the Jacksonville Jaguars are ready to part ways with the 31-year old defender.
Jacksonville chose Tyson Alualu in the first round on Thursday, making Henderson and his $11 million, 2-year contract expendable. The cost cutting Jaguars were more inclined to go young in their rebuilding process. Oakland now should turn around and pick up the veteran in hopes of adding to their reloading program.
On March of 2006, Henderson had signed an extension worth $34 million and $13.4 in guarantees.
The 9th overall selection in the 2002 draft, Henderson has been one of the more durable interior linemen in the NFL (missing only four games in eight seasons), equally adept at gobbling up space in the trenches and pushing the pocket, with his 29.0 career sacks. Not the bull rushing menace he was upon entering the league, Henderson is the type of tackle the Raiders need to help protect first round draft choice Rolando McClain and add bulk to a defensive line that has been horrid at stuffing the run since 2003.
Adding Henderson to this roster would help free up Richard Seymour, place him on the edge with rookie Lamarr Houston and second year talent Matt Shaughnessy. It will also give the Raiders a solid rotation along with Tommy Kelly and the Harvard product, Desmond Bryant. Any line that has the versatile Seymour and the hefty Henderson could potentially become one of the better ones in the AFC.
The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants had reportedly expressed interest prior to his release, and could be the frontrunners for his services.
Oakland should not hesitate and gauge his interest. A signing like this would be the cherry on top of the sundae.
Maybe Quentin Groves, a teammate in Jacksonville who was just traded to Oakland, could convince Henderson to join him. Oh, then they’ll have to find someone to continue his slap facing pre-game ritual.
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