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Dispute regarding Gaither deal in Oakland

Jared Gaither AP

We’ve been wondering what the heck the Raiders are going to do with their offensive line with so many question marks heading into training camp.

We have at least one answer.  (UPDATE: Or at least we thought we did.)

Tackle Jared Gaither is on board in Oakland, according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Gaither was possibly the most talented and physically imposing tackle left in free agency.  He was also probably the riskiest.

It’s no surprise that Al Davis took a swing here.  We’ll be very curious to see the contract terms but he definitely makes a shaky Raiders offensive line a lot more talented.

UPDATE: Drew Rosenhaus, Gaither’s representative, said the report was incorrect and terms have not been agreed to. It sounds like the Raiders thought they had a deal.  Another report says Gaither checked into the team hotel Friday.

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35 Responses to “Dispute regarding Gaither deal in Oakland”
  1. Todd Haley's Temper says: Jul 29, 2011 5:17 PM

    Gaither-Loper-Wiz-Carlisle/Campbell-Veldheer

    I wouldn’t be worried at all.

  2. pnut87 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:17 PM

    Risky is an understatement. He could very well end up never playing a snap. Or he could be a great player for the team.

  3. raidersmojo says: Jul 29, 2011 5:19 PM

    Zing! Wonder if it is going to be left tackle or right tackle.

    Apparently veldheer said in an interview that he put on 15 pounds to take on “bull rushers” but last year his biggest problem was speed rushers. I think a switch to the right side is coming.

    I hope to hear a lot more signings soon. Like Zach miller and hopefully Luiti, the OG from Arizona.

    Hopefully this guy has his head on straight since he was a problem in balitmore. Injuries healed as well.

    Could be a huge addition to our line if he can stay healthy and play well. Good job Al.

  4. steel6times says: Jul 29, 2011 5:19 PM

    He’s a bum! I hope they didn’t pay too much. Go Steelers!

  5. chicagoraven says: Jul 29, 2011 5:19 PM

    Until the first time he doesn’t get his way or just doesn’t want to play and you read the following headline.

    “Jared Gaither on IR to miss season with hurt… feelings”

  6. raidernation99 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:20 PM

    How could he never play a snap he is 100 percent healthy right now you can say that about any team really

  7. stataddict says: Jul 29, 2011 5:22 PM

    From @RosenhausSports Drew Rosenhaus
    Jared Gaither has not agreed to contract terms with the Raiders.

  8. steel6times says: Jul 29, 2011 5:23 PM

    Rosenhaus tweeted “Jared Gaither has not agreed to contract terms with the Raiders.”

  9. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    Hope the haters enjoyed the past 8 years.. the Raiders are going to win the AFC West this season. You can only be bad for so long and Hue Jackson completely turned the offense around last season.

    Super Bowl is a pipe dream but 10-6 and a playoff trip is very possible.

    Just Win, Baby!

  10. watermelon1 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:26 PM

    If he can play, this is a great signing. He immediately makes them better. He’d immediately make any offensive line better.

  11. drbengolfing says: Jul 29, 2011 5:27 PM

    Gaither=Gallery II. Another addition to the Island of Unwanted Toys. Al’s nose is glowing brightly tonight.

  12. yallbetuckfards says: Jul 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    Now sign Waters!!!

  13. kingbuccaneer says: Jul 29, 2011 5:31 PM

    2011′s version of Antonio Bryant?

  14. prior0knowledge says: Jul 29, 2011 5:32 PM

    crap… i was hoping my redskins would sign him to play right tackle

  15. jo3jo says: Jul 29, 2011 5:33 PM

    The dude reportedly has a thoracic disk injury. Those don’t heal. Ever. He will have good days and bad days. A 320 lb man with a bad back/ disk injury is someone you cannot count on to be a starter week after week. Which is why the Ravens stuck him on IR for the entire year last year and made no bid to keep him. If he’s not totally done he’s very lucky. Or a faker. When you combine an injury that sidelined him for an entire year with a history of attitude and work ethic problems, this is maybe the worst signing in the history of the Raiders. A huge gamble. If they gave him more than the league minimum they overpaid.

  16. bravin4evr says: Jul 29, 2011 5:34 PM

    Good luck big lazy. Hope your more motivated now!

  17. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2011 5:38 PM

    The Raiders need to protect Jason Campbell

  18. raylewis52 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:38 PM

    This is not true. His agent just tweeted he has not signed with the Raiders.

  19. racerx1225 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:42 PM

    First of all Al will structure the contract to be performance oriented. I doubt you see him getting burned after the Javon Walker and J Russ fiascos. Furthermore, the team doctors probably also learned from Javon Walker and went over this guy with a microscope so if they say he’s healthy, who is anyone else to say he isnt. A GREAT SIGNING. 6′-9″/340. yeah, we are building a bully! $crew the haters we will win the West no doubt in my mind or our defensive lines and go to the playoffs.

  20. goldrush36 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:45 PM

    Usually if PFT has it and nobody else big does its premature. Nobody else is reporting this deal that I see so hmmmm.

  21. JSpicoli says: Jul 29, 2011 5:51 PM

    Where’s the part of the story where he is refusing to report? Of course that would be bull, but right in line with the usual.

  22. mswravens says: Jul 29, 2011 5:55 PM

    Congratulations!!! You just signed the offensive line equivalent of JaMarcus Russell!!!

    We here in Ravensland have been following Gaither since college…some since high school. His problems are not physical. They are mental. They have existed at every level and place he has played. We have been in your shoes – wishing, hoping, he gets on the field. He is very talented…you might get some good to great games out of him along the way. But you will be disappointed in the end…and when he goes, however he goes, you won’t mind seeing him leave.

    I have nothing against the Raiders…wish you & Gaither the best…that’s just reality unless he somehow changes his reality at this late stage in life.

  23. 1bigtex says: Jul 29, 2011 5:56 PM

    Back injuries are among the most difficult to rehab and have a higher incidence of recurrence than most every other injury. A really big guy, but also a really big risk.

  24. Matt says: Jul 29, 2011 5:57 PM

    Plunkett was a bust. He won two Super Bowls. Derrick Burgess had two ACL injuries. He lead the league in sacks back-to-back seasons. Jason Campbell was a bust. He is the team captain. Michael Bush has a metal rod in his knee. He’s one of the best RB’s in the league.

    Gaither is a fine risk. A Raider risk. Let’s re-sign Miller and call it a day.

  25. ravenator says: Jul 29, 2011 6:02 PM

    Gaither is a lazy bum. You would think a Maryland collegiate player would relish the opportunity to play for the home team (albeit college park is closer to DC), but he is unmotivated and unwilling to put in the effort.

  26. drbengolfing says: Jul 29, 2011 6:03 PM

    At 300+ pounds, JaMarcus might be a better LT than Gaither! Har Har Har!

  27. kurrmudgeon says: Jul 29, 2011 6:07 PM

    Raiders when the West… Pssht, You got Richard Seymour and still came in near last in run defense. This signing makes a ton of sense for an Al Davis team, inj prone, no work eithic, just after the pay check. Fits the mold perfectly…

  28. jimthev says: Jul 29, 2011 6:24 PM

    Rosenhaus better not mess with Davis. Nobody wins a money battle with him.

  29. 52crabcakes says: Jul 29, 2011 6:32 PM

    Let the crap begin. He doesn’t have the passion.

  30. dawsonleery says: Jul 29, 2011 7:03 PM

    Gaither has always reminded me of Jonathan Ogden. He is still really young too. If the injury bug is behind him, Raiders just landed a franchise left tackle.

  31. dionisios34ravens says: Jul 29, 2011 7:25 PM

    Gaither – after a promising start – was a huge dissapointment. The move to right tackle messed him up. Plus he has Rosenhaus in his ear, which doesn’t help him. He hurt his back, then he showed up at 290 looking like a power forward vs. a left tackle. He wants left tackle money, so I am pretty sure he got left tackle money from the Raiders, or he wouldn’t have signed. I’d like to see any Terp alum do well, and hopefully a change of scenery will do him good. He was done in Baltimore, as he lost the confidence of the coaching staff.

  32. mswravens says: Jul 29, 2011 8:40 PM

    @dawsonleery – I completely understand that Raiders fans want this to be a great signing…but you’ve just gone too far. Jonathan Ogden is arguably the best LT ever, and if not, he’s not far behind Anthony Munoz. He’s a future 1st ballot HOFer. Other than being two large black men who play offensive line, I’d love to know what you see in common between Gaither & Ogden…because based on that ridiculous comment, you obviously have no clue what you’re talking about.

  33. backindasaddle says: Jul 29, 2011 9:22 PM

    There was confusion because Al Davis thought he was negotiating to re-sign Ken Stabler.

  34. chadinkc30 says: Jul 30, 2011 2:45 PM

    He’s the best tackle available so kind of hard to criticize this at all! I’m sure raider haters will try to find a way though

  35. racerx1225 says: Jul 30, 2011 3:44 PM

    The guy steps in to Ogden’s shoes and doesnt miss a step as a rookie. Haters are laughable!

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