Could outspoken Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp be in trouble of making this years roster? The San Francisco Chronicle suggests that in today’s edition, that Sapp, who is now 34 years old, may be on the outside looking for a team other than the Silver and Black to play for in 2007.
The suggestion comes from yesterday’s dumping of long-time offensive lineman Adam Treu, who was the current consecutive leader on the Raiders in terms of serivce. Sure he had an injury last season, but a release was not exactly expected by the center and long snapper. Plus Treu was a favorite of Raiders owner Al Davis, making it even more of a shock that he would be let go.
What it shows though is that no one is safe, and if you find yourself in new coach Lane Kiffin’s doghouse early on in camp, you may be shown the door. Sources say that Kiffin wants to make the Raiders roster younger, and if that means dumping a guy like Sapp, than so be it. The article in the SF Chronicle says that Kiffin wants to “rid the team of players who are close to his age or older.” Kiffin by the way – is only 32.
So a couple of players that may be looking for work elsewhere includes Sapp (34), and fullback Zack Crockett (34). Sapp not on the roster would be a jolt, considering he has worked hard in the offseason (he dropped 49 pounds) and seems energized for the upcoming season. Kiffin wants to make a statement that he’s the boss, but in turn, he’d better remember that having a few vets around a young team is critical in the makeup of a solid NFL squad.