ALAMEDA, Calif — The Oakland Raiders giving Trent Brown the richest contract for an offensive lineman in NFL historical past indicators a sea change for what had been probably the greatest and most dominant items within the NFL.
It might additionally spell the top of Kolton Miller’s time at left deal with and the conclusion of Donald Penn’s tenure with the Raiders.
What extra are you able to extrapolate from Brown getting a four-year deal price as much as $66 million, with $36.75 million assured, after one profitable yr at left deal with, defending Tom Brady’s blind aspect for the Tremendous Bowl champion New England Patriots?
That’s left deal with cash for Brown and Miller, the Raiders’ first-round draft choose final season, No. 15 general, who is perhaps transferring to proper deal with to take over from third-round choose Brandon Parker, who began the ultimate 12 video games there however had his struggles.
Then there’s Penn, a three-time Professional Bowler at left deal with who moved to the best aspect with the drafting of Miller and has had every of his final two seasons finish early because of harm, a Lisfranc to his proper foot in 2017 and a groin in Week four final season. Penn, who turns 36 on April 27, has a cap variety of $7.225 million for 2019 and, with a lifeless cash hit of $1.75 million, the Raiders might save $5.475 million in cap area ought to they lower Penn earlier than June 1, per OverTheCap.com.
Trent Brown performed proper deal with with the 49ers earlier than transferring to the left aspect with the Patriots. Wealthy Graessle/Icon Sportswire
The Raiders already agreed to commerce away an All-Professional left guard in Kelechi Osemele, together with a sixth-round draft alternative, to the New York Jets for a fifth-rounder, and saved $10.2 million in opposition to the cap so the rebuild within the trenches is in full impact.
The Raiders had $36 million dedicated to their offensive line in 2018, the fourth-most within the NFL, based on ESPN Stats & Info. However that unit underperformed vastly in 2018, as a result of based on ESPN’s Move Rush metrics powered by NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, the Raiders had the third-lowest Move Rush Win Charge within the NFL, sustaining their blocks for at the very least 2.5 seconds simply 41 p.c of the time. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was additionally sacked a career-high 51 occasions (he was sacked a mixed 36 occasions in 2016 and 2017).
Enter…Brown, till final yr a profession proper deal with for the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him within the seventh spherical in 2015.
May the Raiders merely put him on the best aspect? In spite of everything, Oakland has doled out big left tackle-type offers to the likes of Osemele and Austin Howard previously, and so they performed left guard and proper deal with, respectively.
Then there’s the gaping gap left by Osemele. Would possibly the Raiders merely transfer proper guard Gabe Jackson, who was referred to as a “basis piece” by Raiders proprietor Mark Davis, again to left guard and insert the not too long ago re-signed Denzelle Good at proper guard? What about re-signing versatile Jon Feliciano, who’s an unrestricted free agent and began at left guard when Osemele was harm earlier than happening injured reserve himself late within the season and was additionally Rodney Hudson’s backup at middle?
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The facility scheme employed by Oakland in 2016 has been all however scrapped by O-line coach Tom Cable, and the 6-foot-Eight, 380-pound Brown, the most important man within the NFL, matches Cable’s zone-blocking scheme.
Professional Soccer Focus had Brown giving up three sacks and 39 pressures in 744 pass-blocking snaps within the common season for the Patriots. Within the playoffs, Brown didn’t give up a sack amongst 4 pressures in 127 pass-blocking snaps.
The worry, then, is that Brown was merely a by-product of the Patriots’ success. The Raiders are greater than prepared to pay to search out out.