The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their offensive line on Friday, signing guard Daniel Loper.
The 28-year old has played in 48-career games, the majority of them with the Tennessee Titans from 2006-2008 and eight last season with the Detroit Lions. At 6-6, 320 pounds, he provides bulk in the interior on a line that is set at guard on the left side with Robert Gallery, but could an opening on the right side if Cooper Carlisle does not perform at his best during the summer.
Oakland has thrown around the idea of rookie Bruce Campbell playing guard, but that is a long-shot and Tom Cable mainly wanted the youngster to get some reps with the squad during the recent minicamp to get him accustomed to playing against pros.
Others such as Khalif Barnes, Langston Walker, Brandon Rodd and Chris Morris are options at guard, and will compete for depth purposes, but most of those players have also seen action at tackle or center and are not as adept as Loper in the interior.
The Lions released Loper in April after they acquired Rob Sims to play at his left guard position. Throughout 2009, Loper was in rotation with Manny Ramirez, from game-to-game and even swapped out of the line-up during contests.
Loper was designated a restricted free agent and had a tender of nearly $1.226 million.