It’s been seven years since you donned the Silver and Black and began wearing the Green and Yellow. From a completely objective standpoint, this was a good decision. Since 2006, the Packers have had more than a slightly better record than the Raiders. And while you came close to winning it all in Oakland, you did win it all in Green Bay. To top it off, you won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2009.
Now that you’ve done it all, you are entering the twilight of your career with some options. Why don’t you go back to the place where it all started?
With new general manager Reggie McKenzie, the Raiders are starting fresh. The results from the first year weren’t the greatest, but there’s a sense of hope lingering in the East Bay. Last year, the horrid record felt more like it came from growing pains. Previously, the misery seemed endless.
Now, with a couple of options for a franchise quarterback, the team is planting its feet, ready to make the leap back into contention and bring itself on par with the their counterparts across the Bay. The key to long-term success will be the selection, development, and production of the right young men to carry the torch long into the future.
However, they need a veteran leader who has seen everything and can teach them how to succeed. You’ve lost a step, so while cornerback probably isn’t an option, the Raiders would love to see you at the back of the secondary, commanding the troops and seeing the field as a whole. Plus, you’ll still be in a great position to make those big plays at the most opportune times.
In 1998, the Raiders gave you a chance, and they helped you transition into that new era. Now, we are asking you to do the same for the team.