Former Cardinals and Giants defensive lineman Josh Mauro will head to Oakland. The Raiders are expected to sign the fifth-year defender, per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal (on Twitter).
Mauro’s contract is set to be a one-year, $1.4M pact, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. He will earn $900K in base salary. The Giants were interested in bringing Mauro back, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com tweets. New York lost both Mauro and Mario Edwards, once a Raiders second-round pick, this afternoon.
Although Mauro is not coming off a particularly strong contract year, one that began with a suspension, he has a backer in new Raiders defensive line coach Brentson Buckner. Mauro’s Cardinals tenure overlapped with Buckner’s.
Mauro has just three sacks in five seasons but could offer the Raiders the ability to work as a defensive end or defensive tackle, having been a 3-4 end throughout his career. He graded as one of the better players against the run, among interior defenders, during his lone Giants season.