Raiders try to secure player they covet

The Oakland Raiders made an offer to a defensive lineman on Thursday night but that player may spurn the Sliver and Black for an east coast team.

Scout.com has confirmed free agent defensive end Tyler Brayton has a visit set up with the Carolina Panthers.

The Raiders tried to get him re-signed before midnight EST, but he decided to test the market.

A league source told Scout.com that owner Al Davis got involved in the negotiations Friday evening and tried to convince Brayton to re-sign with the team. Davis had stayed out of negotiations until just before Friday's free agent deadline. Davis and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan tried to convince Brayton that he could be a starter in 2008. But Brayton hasn't forgotten that he was benched at various times in his career with the Raiders so he's determined to test the market.

The former first-round pick played quite a bit this past season at defensive tackle so his versatility could help him find interest from other teams as free agency progresses.

Inconsistent play and lack of a true position has hurt his development, and it was assumed that the Raiders might find him more appealing than other teams.

Al Davis hates to admit he made a mistake, and even though the former first-round pick has been a disappointment, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back - but the interest from the east coast might be too much for Brayton to pass up.

Brayton has now scheduled a visit with the Indianapolis Colts - set for Sunday. This further distances him from remaining with Oakland.


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