When Derwin James slipped to the Chargers at No. 17 overall, the Florida State safety was widely acclaimed as one of the draft’s early-round steals.
When the organization’s top decision-makers met at owner Steve Bisciotti’s Jupiter, Fla. home after the season, DeCosta explained, they discussed the importance of adding playmakers on offense.
I thought Derwin James was one of the best players in the draft, DeCosta added, but… the value of this draft was really the third, fourth, fifth round. So for us to go back and get additional picks made a lot of sense. As hard as it was moving away from Derwin James, we felt like it was the right thing to do for this club.
Taking a panoramic view of the offseason approach, Newsome and DeCosta have done a masterful job of overhauling an offense that had grown stale enough to halt Baltimore’s annual march to the postseason over the past few years. Starting with the trade down for tight end Hayden Hurst and a trade up for quarterback Lamar Jackson, Newsome earned praise from coach John Harbaugh for a draft class that might just rank as one of the best in franchise history.
Brian Cushing is slated to visit Oakland on Sunday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, per a source informed of the trip.
Cushing previously visited with the Seattle Seahawks in early March after being released by the Houston Texans in February. The 31-year-old spent eight seasons in Houston after being selected in the first round in 2009.
Boasting a bigger name than game at this stage of his career, the former Defensive Rookie of the Year had dealt with a series of injuries dating back to 2012 and was suspended 10 games last season for PED use.
Cushing has played just one full season since 2011. In that campaign in 2015 he compiled 110 tackles and three passes defended. Last season he appeared in just five games, totaling 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks.