The Raiders will have more than $60 million in cap space, that should be able to attract big time free agent, but that might be that easy.
The trick, is convincing a player to come to Oakland and play for a team that is not only coming off consecutive 4-12 seasons in which it lost eight of its final nine games in both years under coach Dennis Allen, but has not been to the playoffs or had a winning record since 2002.
McKenzie feels players will come:
“It’s the opportunity to play and be a part of something,” McKenzie said of his sales pitch. “We’re going to turn this thing around. We’re going to try and sell the Raiders. That’s the No. 1 thing. It’s not trying to attract guys by saying an end result like ‘we’re going to the Super Bowl.’
“We’re going to get this thing turned around and we’re going to win. If you want to be a part of this, here’s what we’ve got, and here’s how we want to play you. Here’s what we present offensively and defensively, and here’s where you fit in. If the kid wants to come, we’ll get more into detail about how he can help that process. When you deal with football players, they just want an opportunity to showcase what they have.”
One thing is for sure, 60 million is a lot of money. Raiders will make a splash.