The Raiders may be on the verge of signing linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. He was released by the Patriots. The Bay Area native had 15 sacks in the past two seasons combined. Banta-Cain, 31, would likely be a depth addition for Oakland.
I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. if he thought Banta-Cain has much left in the tank. Williamson said this: “not much.”
However, Williamson thinks Banta-Cain, who played in a 3-4 defense in New England, could fit in Oakland. The Raiders could use help on the weakside.
“Oakland uses 3-4 outside linebacker types usually for the weakside in their 4-3, so in that regard, he would fit,” Williamson said. “But still, Banta-Cain isn’t much of a space player and he would be a liability in coverage.”
Denver’s players voted on captains for the season. Here they are offense: quarterback Kyle Orton and guard Chris Kuper; defense: safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Champ Bailey; special teams: Wesley Woodyard. The coaching staff also names one captain a per game. The coach’s choice for Monday night’s opener against Oakland is defensive end Elvis Dumervil.
San Diego receiver Patrick Crayton didn’t practice for a second straight day because of an ankle injury.
It appears the Chargers’ opener against visiting Minnesota will not be blacked out on local television Sunday.