Signing Flozell Adams Would Give the Oakland Raiders Options

"Holding. No. 76, offense."

This was a recurring phrase uttered at Texas/Cowboys Stadium over the last dozen seasons. Flozell Adams was one of, if not the most penalized offensive linemen in the game during his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.

That said, there are some advantages to signing him. He is a big, physical left tackle with a reputation for having a mean streak. He pass blocks as well as he run blocks. These are traits the Raiders desperately need.

Adams' presence would open up competition between Khalif Barnes, Langston Walker, and Mario Henderson for the right to start at the right tackle position. We all know that competition is the best way to get the most out of any player.

The biggest hole on Oakland's offensive line is at the critical left tackle position.

Henderson played pretty well, but Adams is an experienced Pro Bowler at that very spot. His experience and high level of play will drastically improve the offense, and give the young quarterbacks some much needed confidence that their blind side will be adequately protected.

This, more than anything, will help develop the careers of both Bruce Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell. It will also give any rookie tackle the Raiders draft in April a proven player from whom to learn his craft.

However, the most valuable thing Adams would give the Raiders is options on draft day.

Signing Adams would mean that Al Davis won't have to get a starting tackle in the draft. He can spend the eighth overall pick to bolster the defensive front seven, and get the "tackle of the future" in the second round, or even later.

Another option his signing would open up is completing the rumored trade for Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb. If Davis really wants to pull this off, having a proven left tackle would be a huge selling feature.

Pulling the trigger on that trade would mean Oakland would have to give ...

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