ALAMEDA, Calif — The Oakland Raiders are giving Trent Brown the strangest contract for an offensive lineman at NFL history, signaling a sea change to what have been among the better and most dominant units at the NFL.
What more will you extrapolate from Brown’s four-year deal worth up to $66 million, with $36.75 million guaranteed, after one year at left tackle, protecting Tom Brady’s side for its Super Bowl champion New England Patriots?
That’s left handle money for Brown and Miller, the Raiders’ first-round draft pick last season, No. 1-5 entire, who might be moving to right tackle to shoot more than third-round pick Brandon Parker, that started the last 12 games there but had his struggles.
Then there’s Penn, a three-time Pro Bowler at left tackle who moved to the perfect side with the drafting of Miller and has had all his past two seasons end early due to injury, a Lisfranc for his right foot at 2017 and a groin at Week 4 final season. Penn, who turns 36 on April 27, features a cap number of $7.225 million for 2019, along with his dead money hit of $1.75 million, the Raiders could save $5.475 million in cap space should they cut Penn earlier June 1, per OverTheCap.com.
The Raiders had already agreed to trade an AllPro left protector at Kelechi Osemele, along side a sixth-round draft choice, into the New York Jets for a fifth-rounder, also rescued $10.2 million against the cap, so the reconstruct in the trenches is at full impact.
ESPN’s pass rush metrics powered by NFL nextgen Stats, the Raiders had the third-lowest pass-rush win rate in the NFL, keeping their blocks for at least 2.5 seconds only 41 per cent of the moment. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was sacked a career-high 51 times after being sacked a joint 36 times in 2016 and 2017.
Enter… Brown, until this past year a livelihood tackle for that sanfrancisco 49ers, who drafted him in the seventh round at 2015.
Miller had a 70 per cent pass block win rate for a newcomer left handle, the fourth-worst such rate among tackles with at least 300 pass blocks, per NFL nextgen Stats. Brown, meanwhile, had a PBWR of 82 per cent.
Could the Raiders simply put him on the perfect side? Afterall, Oakland has doled out tremendous left-tackle-type deals into famous brands Osemele and Austin Howard at years past plus so they played left guard and right tackle, respectively.
Then there’s the hole left by Osemele. Could the Raiders only move right shield Gabe Jackson, who was called a “base piece” by Raiders owner Mark Davis, back to left guard and also insert the newly re-signed Denzelle Good at suitable shield? Think about re-signing versatile Jon Feliciano, who’s an unrestricted free agent and started at left guard when Osemele was hurt before you go on injured reserve himself in the season and has been likeWISe Rodney Hudson’s backup in centre?
Pro Football Emphasis had Brown quitting three sacks and 3 9 pressures in 744 pass-blocking snaps from the normal season for the Patriots. From the match, Brown didn’t concede a sack among four pressures from 127 pass-blocking snaps.
The Raiders are far more than willing to cover for to learn.