The Oakland Raiders entered the offseason with plenty of cap room to fill some of their holes, and general manager Reggie McKenzie has done a solid job in doing so by signing OL Kelechi Osemele, CB Sean Smith and LB Bruce Irvin.
Now, some of the newest players to put on the Silver & Black jerseys are helping McKenzie do his job by looking to convince another veteran to fill the void left by future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson retiring.
Smith and Irvin didn't hesitate in reaching out to veteran safety Eric Weddle in hopes of bringing him to join defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr.'s new-look defense.
Smith and Weddle both played at the University of Utah and have the same agent in David Canter, giving them a common denominator.
"I was talking to him before I even came up here," Smith said about the former Chargers safety. "Look, if we were to add Eric Weddle, it would just be so special. But regardless of who we add, I know [assistant defensive backs] coach [Rod] Woodson and coach Robertson are going to make it work in the back end. But Eric Weddle is definitely a special player and I think if we can get him, we’ll be alright.”
Meanwhile, Irvin has been hitting the Twitter-sphere with his lobbying efforts.
Raider Nation has even helped him with his new nickname, crowning him "Baby Reggie".
Stay tuned to see if the Raiders can bring in the veteran safety, who has 850 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 19 interceptions and 71 passes defensed over his 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers.