Just because a team releases a player that does not mean his days with the club are numbered.
Anthony Dorsett may fit that category for the Oakland Raiders. The club released Dorsett in February as part of salary cap cutting move. Given the Raiders situation at safety, it is not out of the question to see Dorsett back in Oakland, especially if the club cannot find an upgrade in the free agent pool.
Third-year player Derrick Gibson has been a disappointment since the Raiders drafted. Gibson started 11 games last season before getting injured but was not creating many big plays even before that time.
Dorsett, who was maligned for his play in 2000 and 2001, started in his place and played so well that Gibson did not regain the starting job even when healthy. Despite Gibson's disappointing performance, he is likely to be the front-runner to start at strong safety opposite Rod Woodson. The latter will be the starter at free safety.
Woodson's leadership was a crucial reason why Oakland's defense raised its level from mediocre to above average. He also helped make Dorsett a better player.
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