LOL wow, just when you thought the Raiders were turning a new leaf, they waste 24 million dollars on a scrub. The Raiders totally wasted that money on Nate Allen when they could have used that to sign a superior safety such as Reggie Nelson, Tashaun Gibson, Eric Weddle, etc.
While I'm not completely against the pick of Darron Lee, I think I would prefer they take Hunter Henry in this situation. They need a guy that can go up the middle of the field the way Finley did a few years ago. That would give them a way to combat any setback from Nelson. The pick will change though, when Thompson hopefully goes out and gets a starting quality free agent, although I won't be holding my breath.
2010 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2010.
Nick Collins (RFA), FS, Packers. Age: 27. Re-signed with Packers (4 years, $27 million)
One of the top free safeties in the NFL. If the Packers can't re-sign him to a long-term deal, they'll give him the highest tender possible.
Bernard Pollard (RFA), SS, Texans. Age: 25. Re-signed with Texans (1 year, $2.5 million)
You have to wonder what the Chiefs were thinking when they let Bernard Pollard go. The Texans signed Pollard, and he instantly improved their anemic run defense.
Darren Sharper, FS, Saints. Age: 34. Re-signed with Saints (1 year)
Darren Sharper's age is a concern, but he still has one or two years left of top productivity. Sharper is one of the smartest defensive players in the NFL, and would be a huge upgrade for almost any secondary.
A vastly underrated safety, Reed Doughty helped the Redskins' defense keep the team in most games. He's great against the run.
Antrel Rolle, FS, Cardinals. Age: 27. Signed with Giants (5 years, $37 million; $15 million guaranteed)
Antrel Rolle gets interceptions, but he can be a liability in coverage sometimes. He'll be overpaid in this thin free-agent market.
Ryan Clark, FS, Steelers. Age: 30. Re-signed with Steelers
Ryan Clark is a decent free safety who will probably be re-signed. If not, this position will be a huge need for the Steelers.
George Wilson (RFA), S, Bills. Age: 29. Re-signed with Bills (1 year, $1.7 million)
George Wilson started 12 games because of injuries to other players, and Buffalo's defense didn't suffer at all. Wilson, who will play behind Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd in 2010, could start for numerous other teams.