Raiders visit with Jordan Black and lose

The Oakland Raiders brought in offensive lineman Jordan Black for a visit on Thursday only to see him sign with the Houston Texans.

Selected in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft by Kansas City, Jordan Black has played both right and left tackle for the Chiefs to varying degrees of success - or lack thereof.

It was opening day 2006 that Black gave up 4.5 sacks from his right tackle spot on opening day. One player the cause of so much strife? It shouldn't be an uncommon feeling for those who watched Oakland last year.

He was responsible for eight sacks yielded in 2005 but after the dismal start to 2006, and subsequent move to left tackle, Black allowed 3.5 sacks the rest of the way.

Black, 6-foot-5, 305-pounds, would have given the Raiders versatility and depth along the line. Barry Sims and Robert Gallery figure to battle it out at left tackle but Black could have been the supersub on both sides - a strong reserve.

And there are people in his camp who believed he excelled after some early trouble in his four-year career.

"I think that Jordan has been the most improved player on the offensive side of the football when you look at the starting 11 and the impact that he's had," said Kansas City quarterback Trent Green.

The promises in Houston, however, was two strong to overcome. They signed him to a two-year deal with every intention of allowing him to win the left tackle job. Oakland could offer no such incentive to make him stay.

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