The Oakland Raiders re-signed linebacker Omar Gaither on Monday to help on defense. Since the 29-year-old played in seven games for the Raiders last season, the hope is that he will be able to fill in right away. Gaither has seen his career plummet in recent years. However, will he be able to resurrect his career in 2013?
Gaither recorded 14 total tackles in 2012. He numbers have decreased every season since his breakout year in 2007 when he posted 102 total tackles, one forced fumble and one interception in 16 games for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Raiders are hoping that with the right personnel and guidance, Gaither will be able to be a difference maker for the team.
The good news is the veteran plans to do whatever Oakland asks for him. Last year he played mostly middle linebacker, but if the Raiders want him to bounce outside then he will do that if it helps the team win.
“I’m playing everything by ear, so whatever they tell me to do,” Gaither said, according to Raiders.com “I’ve started at Mike, I’ve started at Will, and I’ve started at Sam. Obviously, the more versatile you are, the more valuable you are, especially at a position like linebacker. Linebackers for the most part have to do a little bit of everything. I’m prepared for that.”
The biggest thing for Gaither is to take on any role he can. The more he shows the Oakland coaching staff, the more he will get to see the field. He has valuable experience in the NFL, which is something he can utilize. He can become a vocal leader in the locker room and help the younger players develop.