Raider Nation mourns the loss of one its — and the league’s — greatest players. He should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. On and off the field, the Snake was a true character and an original. They don’t make ’em like him anymore.
[Update: Check out Bob Padecky’s account of his run-in with The Snake back in the day. Great article.]
When I heard over the weekend that Giants star pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul had: 1) mangled his hand in a fireworks accident; and 2) not yet gotten around to signing the $14.8 million franchise tag tender from the Giants, I wondered for a moment what might happen if, depending on the severity of the injuries, the Giants might rescind their offer and let Pierre-Paul test the market.
Someone else is wondering that too:
If it gets to the point where Pierre-Paul is a free agent, the Oakland Raiders would have to be considered a prime pursuer. As of Monday, the Raiders have $16.3 million in salary-cap room. Every player on their roster is signed so they have money to spend.
As the article also points out, the Raiders did not upgrade the defensive end position during the free agent period (although they did upgrade the middle of the line with Dan Williams). Justin Tuck obviously brought Pierre-Paul along with the Giants, making the latter a natural fit with the current lineup.
If it’s true that the Giants are rescinding their tender offer, and they have no Plan B to keep Pierre-Paul, there may be a deal to be had for the Raiders.