Contrary to previous reports that the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace, it appears that the Raiders will hold off on pulling the trigger on signing the 32-year old quarterback.
The refrain in the signature suggests that Oakland has their eye on another player. According to Ian Rappaport, the Raiders held private workouts to Vince Young and Troy Smith on Wednesday, Apr. 10.
Signing Young or Smith over Wallace makes total sense for Oakland in this situation. Neither of the three quarterbacks in Wallace, Young or Smith have done much in recent years. Wallace hasn’t seen the field since 2011, Smith since 2010 and Young since 2011–where he accumulated nine interceptions in five appearances.
At 30, Young has the most starting experience of the three players; whereas Smith, 28, is the youngest of the three and has a ton of experience at running a read-option type offense. Because of Young having experience executing a spread-option while having more sufficiency in performing a pro-style offense, I see him being the best fit for Oakland’s current situation.
With Terrelle Pryor, if the Raiders were to sign Smith–Oakland would have possession of the previous two Ohio State quarterbacks. If the Raiders sign Young, then they would be in possession of two Rose Bowl MVP’s. The irony is unimaginable!
Oakland would give Young his best chance to earn a starting role. Young stated back in March that he can, “do a much better job than a lot of, most quarterbacks in the league.” With only two quarterbacks on the Raiders roster, depth is much needed.
Signing Young or Smith could imply that Oakland will not take a quarterback in this years draft.