Trent Brown signing signals sea change for Raiders' O-line

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The legal tampering period for free agency has barely even begun yet and already the Oakland Raiders have handed out the two largest contracts of the offseason.

With Trent Brown reportedly heading out the door, the Patriots may have a ready-made replacement at left tackle waiting in the wings.

New York, with $116 million in cap room and the motivation to spend with a GM who has to win this year, is the favorite to sign Bell. Penn, who turns 36 on April 27, has a cap number of $7.225 million for 2019, and with his dead money hit of $1.75 million, the Raiders could save $5.475 million in cap space should they cut Penn before June 1, per OverTheCap.com.

The Raiders have gotten a big head start on rebuilding a team that won just four games in coach Jon Gruden's first season back on the sideline.

The power scheme employed by Oakland in 2016 has been all but scrapped by O-line coach Tom Cable, Brown, the largest man in the National Football League, fits Cable's zone-blocking scheme.

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Brown spent last season with the New England Patriots as their left tackle.

He missed one game with an injury a year ago, against, coincidentally, Detroit.

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, the Jets sound unified in their approach to free agency, and more specifically, Bell.

But signing an elite running back like Bell would be a huge step in the right direction, and it would certainly give Washington a shot at getting back to the playoffs.

The 6-foot-8 behemoth was a force on the New England offensive line last season, replacing Nate Solder as the man tasked with protecting Tom Brady's blind side.

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