I often remark about how this is no longer an Oakland Raiders team that should clamor after every player with a somewhat recognizable name who gets cut from another team. I don’t think the Raiders should be interested in Victor Cruz or Rashad Jennings.
But Jared Odrick is a name worth looking at.
Cut by the Jaguars on Monday, Odrick is a versatile defensive lineman capable of playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. And while the Raiders don’t necessarily need another defensive end, a defensive tackle capable of rushing the passer is their biggest need.
And as it just so happens, it’s reported that Odrick would like to play more tackle and less end, which works out well for Oakland.
Odrick is getting older and coming back from a year shortened by injury, but at the right price he would be a huge addition to the Raiders roster. Odrick can be plugged in and play right away which will help the Raiders get a boost in the pass rush immediately. Meanwhile, Jihad Ward has more time to develop into the player the Raiders were hoping for when they drafted him.
Aside from having an injury shortened season last year, Odrick has played in 16 games every year other than his rookie season. Here is a look at his stats for every season other than his rookie year when he only played in one game:
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The hope is that Mario Edwards, Jr. will be healthy this season which will help the interior pass rush, but given his recent history it’s not something the team should count on. But after investing back to back second round picks on interior pass rushers in Edwards and Ward, the Raiders might not want to invest another draft pick on the position.
Signing Odrick would add talent to the interior rush and a veteran presence that can help Ward and Edwards continue to develop.
But given what their cap situation will be after re-signing Derek Carr, it will be difficult to land many, or any, big name players. If Odrick is out to get a big contract, the Raiders likely won’t come sniffing around him. Odrick’s cap number for 2017 was going to be $8.5 million, and if he’s looking for similar numbers, he won’t find them in Oakland.
But if he’s willing to take a little less to be a rotational lineman on a good team, say around $4.5-5 million a year, Odrick would be a great pickup for Oakland.
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