Raiders in the Mix For All-Pro Cornerback Stephon Gilmore?

The Raiders suffered two injuries in their secondary on Monday night and both have the potential to be significant.

Cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen (foot) and Damon Arnette (groin) are both expected to miss time and Jon Gruden insinuated on Tuesday that bad injury news could be in the cards for someone – though he did not specify who.

Paul Gutierrez on Twitter: “Gruden says there are concerns that the #Raiders may have suffered long-term injuries in loss to Chargers. Said he did not want to break any bad news today as players still undergoing MRIs and tests. / Twitter”

Gruden says there are concerns that the #Raiders may have suffered long-term injuries in loss to Chargers. Said he did not want to break any bad news today as players still undergoing MRIs and tests.

It’s hard to know what the Raiders might be thinking in terms of depth at cornerback (especially since we don’t know a lot about their injuries), but an intriguing option turned up on Wednesday morning when the Patriots released All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore is still considered one of the better cornerbacks in the league, but at 31 years old it’s fair to wonder what his value should be. It is noteworthy, however, that the Raiders top cornerback, Casey Hayward, is exactly one year older than Gilmore. Hayward is PFF’s highest-graded cornerback in the NFL, which makes him arguably the top offseason signing of the year – for any team.

OverTheCap has the Raiders with just over $4.6 million in salary cap room. Presumably that would not be enough room to add a contract similar to what Gilmore will be looking for.

Best guess to where Gilmore might end up?

Tampa Bay makes sense, but they have even less cap room ($3.3 million) than the Raiders.

As an aside, even if Arnette returns from injury soon, can the Raiders really trust him at this point?


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