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Raiders considering pursuing DT Tony McDaniel

NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders are still not a finished product, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said Monday the team will always look to add players when it makes sense.

And the team is in the process of considering adding a big piece. McKenzie said Monday that "there is a chance" the Raiders pursue defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. He was a surprise cut by Seattle during the weekend.

McDaniel played for Oakland coach Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville and he played for Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in Seattle.

McDaniel, 30, would be a rotational defensive tackle for Oakland and would give the Raiders a nice top-of-the-position look with free-agent addition Dan Williams and promising second-year player Justin Ellis. McDaniel, 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, started 29 games for Seattle's vaunted defense in the past two seasons. Oakland has about $16 million in salary-cap room and could easily absorb a deal for McDaniel.

In other topics McKenzie addressed Monday:

  • McKenzie said he is very excited about the progress of second-year quarterback Derek Carr. "I'm glad we have a quarterback," McKenzie said.

  • The potential of the Raiders' youthful cornerbacks is one thing McKenzie is looking forward to, even though all they need is experience. McKenzie said say he expects cornerback DJ Hayden, to take the next step because often the third season is the time for players to show who they are. Hayden, who was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft, has been injured and inconsistent.

  • McKenzie said he is excited to see how the new staff uses standout outside linebacker Khalil Mack. The No. 5 overall pick in last year's draft is expected to play some defensive end as well as linebacker.

  • The Raiders' GM expressed confidence in third-year outside linebacker Sio Moore, who is coming back from hip injury.

  • New starting running back Latavius Murray appears ready for the rigors of being a primary back, said McKenzie, who later added "he can do it all."

  • Meanwhile, returner Trindon Holliday came off the active-physically unable to perform list Monday and practiced for the first time this training camp.

  • Backup running back Trent Richardson, who is on the non-football illness list, was working on the side Monday.