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Despite release, Carlisle may return to Raiders

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By Eli Kaberon

The Raiders' release of ORG Cooper Carlisle wasn't too surprising, given his age (35, when the 2012 regular season begins) and salary-cap number ($3.3 million in 2012). However we hear the team may look for a way to re-sign him later this offseason. The veteran lineman has been a staple up front for Oakland the past five years, starting 79 of the team's 80 games since arriving from the Broncos before the 2007 season. His skill set also would be a good complement to the zone-blocking scheme that new coordinator Greg Knapp will be installing for the Raiders' offense. With quality offensive linemen difficult to find, Carlisle could be swooped up by a different team before the Raiders are able to work out a new deal. However, if he is still on the market come June, look for Oakland to re-sign him. If he isn't brought back, third-year pro Bruce Campbell is likely to be atop the depth chart at right guard when the season begins.  

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