The Raiders interest in free agent safety Donovan Darius is real, as he was given the tour of the Raiders facility on Wednesday which included a sit down with owner Al Davis. Darius was impressed with what the Raiders had to offer, but did not sign a deal with the silver and black. NFL Network reported on Wednesday that Darius was in Oakland, and that the team would put forth a lot of effort to sign the former Jaugar who was released last week.
The 32-year-old is also getting interest from the Carolina Panthers, who need major help at the safety position, and the Buffalo Bills. Last season Darius suffered a broken bone in his leg and missed the last six games. In 2005 he played in only two games after suffering a torn ACL. Despite that, there is no question that he will be signed and expected to have a solid impact on which ever team he decides to go with.
During a recent Raiders mini-camp, Michael Huff, the number 7 pick in the 2006 draft and vet Stuart Schweigert took turns playing at strong safety, the position that Darius would play for Oakland. The team could clearly use Donovan, as Huff is more suited to play at the free safety position. Depth is for sure an issue for Oakland at that position. Nevertheless, Darius not signing a deal right there and then on Wednesday only makes one believe that he is going to really take his time before signing a deal anywhere.
“The Raiders made me feel welcome in every way,” Darius said on InsideBayArea.com. “We (Darius and his wife) have some decisions to make. We’ll pray on them, and check out all our options before we make a decision.”