The Oakland Raiders have been stacking up their money and have been drafting key pieces to their team over the past several years and it is starting to look like Reggie McKenzie is getting things together. The Raiders have 70 million dollars in cap room and they are really not that far away from a dominating team.
Let’s look at the major key pieces on their team right now:
Derek Carr – QB, James Jones – WR, Donald Penn OT, Gabe Jackson OG, Stefen Wisniewski OC, Mychal Rivera TE, Andre Holmes – WR, Latavius Murray RB, Marcel Reece FB. This is just on the offensive side of the ball.
Now let’s add in a couple free agents that could turn their offensive around. Let’s give them Michael Crabtree – WR, from the San Francisco 49ers and Cecil Shorts – WR from the Jaguars. This gives them two way better weapons then what they did have in Denarius Moore and Brice Butler, but more importantly it gives them a very solid slot receiver in Shorts. Also add Julius Thomas the tight end from the Broncos. He will be their biggest free agent acquisition. He will demand the most money, but the Raiders have the money to throw at him. This is a very good signing for the Raider Nation.
Now let’s look at defense.
I would draft Leonard Williams the DT from USC who is a die hard Raiders fan. Then I would begin to look at the key pieces they have on the D.
Justin Ellis – NT, Justin Tuck – DE, Khalil Mack – LB, Charles Woodson – FS, DJ Hayden – CB on the defensive side of the ball.
Now lets add some depth via free agency, by signing depth and veterans. Sign Corey Peters the DT from Atlanta who can switch with both Justin Ellis and Leonard Williams. Sign Brian Orakpo the LB from Washington to man the RDE position opposite of Justin Tuck. Sign Brandon Spikes to a one year deal to man the middle of the defensive on a cheap deal and throw money at Buster Skrine the CB from Cleveland. This would not really cost the Raiders a ton of money, and it would be one nasty football team. It gives them an equal amount of veterans and rookies.
What do you think Raiders fans? It sounds like your team is not far from being very good. Keep Marquette King and Sebass and this team is playoff bound.