Cushing-Raiders visit off after Derrick Johnson deal
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported later Friday that Brian Cushing ‘s visit to Oakland has been cancelled.
After signing veteran Derrick Johnson, the Oakland Raiders are bringing in another 30-plus-year-old free agent linebacker for a meeting.
This offseason the Raiders have added Johnson, Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Wilber and Emmanuel Lamur to their linebacking corps. None currently projects as a game-changing talent. If Cushing signs in Oakland it would continue an offseason trend in which Jon Gruden’s team adds aging players who peaked a handful or more years ago.
Gutekunst takes over as the new general manager, and he already has had to do a ton of homework with his team sitting on a dozen draft selections. Although he is a long-time, in-house protege of Ted Thompson and Ron Wolf, there’s no doubt Gutekunst wants to be a little more aggressive.
Adding Graham and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson were as bold of moves as the Packers make in NFL free agency, and Gutekunst followed them with the tough decision to cut Nelson. Starting with the No. 14 pick, many believe the Packers will think defense first, namely further boosting the secondary for Pettine. But the volume of picks allows the flexibility to go after solutions at wide receiver and the offensive line.
If the Ravens hadn’t traded out of the No. 16 spot, however, James wouldn’t have landed in Los Angeles as a godsend for Gus Bradley’s defense.
In a Thursday interview with Baltimore Ravens.com’s podcast, The Lounge, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta revealed that he and Ozzie Newsome would have drafted James had Baltimore kept the pick.
The Oakland Raiders released Armonty Bryant with a non-football illness designation, per the league transaction wire.
A proposed Cleveland-Kansas City trade has been nixed. The swap, which sent Browns tight end Randall Telfer to Kansas City in exchange for linebacker Dadi Nicolas, is no bueno. Both players are currently on waivers.