Veteran defensive end Jason Hunter was another bargain free agent signing by general manger Reggie McKenzie that has stepped up this season for the Oakland Raiders. Hunter is a typical Raiders signing under the McKenzie era as he has played under both McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen during his career.
The former undrafted free agent Hunter has been a rotational defensive end for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. In his first real time as a starter, Hunter has been a force on the defensive line. Before the season started many thought that the Raiders defensive line would be a major weakness on the team.
However, the Raiders have been playing stout defense and they have been getting to the quarterback. Much of the credit should go to Jason Hunter and Lamarr Houston who have been giving opposing offenses nightmares this season.
The 6’4 270 pound Hunter has 13 tackles and 2 sacks so far this season. While not ideal, Hunter has the ability to line up as a 3-4 outside linebacker whenever the Raiders want to change their schemes. If Hunter keeps up his torrid pace, expect McKenzie to give Hunter a contract extension. Although the Raiders have up to 70 million dollars in cap space next year, they must continue to add cheap veterans like Hunter to fill out the roster.