Reggie McKenzie and Marshall Newhouse have a history. McKenzie was Green Bay’s director of player personnel when the Packers drafted him in 2010. The versatile offensive lineman played four years in Wisconsin, and has made 56 starts in 86 games over the last seven seasons.
A reunion is in the works. Newhouse agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Raiders, a league source told CSN California on Friday night.
While Newhouse is the first Raiders free agent signing this offseason, he should be viewed as depth despite Menelik Watson signing a three-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
He certainly has size, standing 6-foot-4, 328 pounds, and he can play inside and out, though he’s primarily an offensive tackle.
Newhouse has spent seasons as a starter and time in reserve. He made six starts last season for the New York Giants as a right tackle and left guard.
The Raiders are set in four spots, though right tackle is up for grabs a bit. Austin Howard is the experienced talent at right tackle, though position coach Mike Tice likes young players Vadal Alexander and Denver Kirkland. Newhouse hasn’t had great reviews as a starter – he was a decent pass blocker earlier in his career -- though he will certainly compete for a starting spot during training camp and the offseason program. Tice also likes super subs who can play several positions, and Newhouse certainly fits that bill.
Newhouse is the team’s first foray into free agency, though he certainly won’t be the last. And he probably won’t make the biggest impact. The Raiders are still focused on signing inside linebackers, including incumbent starter Perry Riley.
Running back is a possibility, and Latavius Murray could return to the club. Other veterans or draft picks could also fill his void. The team needs defensive tackles as well, with some talent left on the market.