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The Oakland Raiders still have a major hole to fill at their inside linebacker position as the 2017 NFL draft approaches at the end of April, and Saturday fans got some welcome news as it appears Oakland is in the driver’s seat to land prized free agent ILB Zach Brown.
Since the start of free agency, the Raiders let former ILB Malcolm Smith walk uncontested, and have not re-signed Perry Riley Jr. despite him posting a career season in 2016.
Brown visited the Raiders in March, and it’s clear that he presents the ideal replacement for the underachieving and departed Smith. Brown left town without signing after meeting with the Raiders, and set his targets on another interested suitor in the Miami Dolphins.
After his Miami visit it was reported by the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero that Brown was deciding between the Dolphins and the Raiders.
The one advantage most thought Miami would have over the Raiders was the assumption that they could (and would) spend more money than Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would on Brown.
However, Saturday the Palm Peach Post’s Joe Schad reported that the Dolphins will not be ponying up the type of cash Brown feels he’s worth.
If Schad’s report still holds true, then the Dolphins have dropped out of the Zach Brown free agency sweepstakes, which leaves Oakland as the only remaining option that Brown has been reported as seriously entertaining.
Landing Brown would go a long way in improving a Raiders defense that ranked No. 26 in the NFL in 2017.