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Oakland Raiders Team Needs and Offseason Headquarters Page


The Oakland Raiders entered free agency 2014 with the most cap space of any team, at least as far as any of us knew. Armed with over $60 million in space to work with, the Raiders started off making a questionable move, letting both LaMarr Houston and Jared Veldheer leave the team on the open market.

They then replaced Veldheer, their left tackle, with Rodger Saffold of the St. Louis Rams and actually signed him to a richer deal. Saffold was signed up and ready to be a member of the Raiders before a failed physical voided his contract and left the Raiders to pick up the scraps that were left on the free agent market.

Oakland has now made a ton of moves in free agency, signing up some big names to try and rebuild their franchise but major questions remain.

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Player Movement

Players Lost

  • DE LaMarr Houston (Bears)
  • OT Jared Veldheer (Cardinals)
  • RB Rashad Jennings (Giants)
  • CB Tracy Porter (Redskins)
  • DT Vance Walker (Chiefs)

Players Added

  • RB Darren McFadden (re-signed)
  • OL Khalif Barnes (re-signed)
  • OT Austin Howard (Jets)
  • DE Justin Tuck (Giants)
  • DE LaMarr Woodley (Steelers)
  • CB Tarell Brown (49ers)
  • DL Antonio Smith (Texans)
  • S Usama Young (re-signed)
  • WR James Jones (Packers)
  • OL Kevin Boothe (Giants)
  • OT Donald Penn (Buccaneers)

Team Needs

1. Quarterback

It’s clear that no one presently on the roster is the Raiders’ QB of the future. They need stability at the position, and they’ll likely try to get it early in the 2014 NFL Draft.

2. Cornerback

The Raiders used a high pick on D.J. Hayden last offseason, but they have a huge need on the opposite side and getting some more talent in here is an obvious need. With Tarell Brown signed and Charles Woodson re-signed they can plug some holes but they need to build this position up.

3. Guard

Kevin Boothe can fill a gap for a period, but the Raiders need to add a young talent at guard who can become a staple as Stefen Wisniewski has at center.

4. Defensive Tackle

5. Safety

6. Running Back

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  • KloverJane

    Is this partially written? I’ll fill in Running Back… Mc Fadden, Murray, Stewart, and Sheets. Solid backs. Yes McFadden returns to glory.

    • Arty G

      I wanna see what Murray can do

  • AF AF AF

    Dear Sayer,

    You like all the media sound very bias. You have failed to mention the fact that Valdheer and Houston were both offered more than reasonable contracts but deciedes to go somewhere else. Valdheers bother was a big reason why he didnt sign.

    The Saffold should not be mentioned at all. Many teams have the same problems with players but do not get rhe same kond of coverage like the Raiders have on this ordeal. Why kick anteam when they are down. How bad moves has everyone team made, why only point out the bad moves of the Raiders.

    How is the QB position that much of a need. Baaicly both QBs on he roster are basicly rookies. Yes Pryors is not but he had 1 start in a meaningless game where he played well and showed leadership coming into the 2012-2013 season. He did not have a off season with the starters where he could get rhe timing down with hos WR. Mcgloin was a undrafted rookie who beat out Wilson, Flynn and eventually Pryors. Either of the QBs were playing under a solid Oline nor did the have a true number one WR. How can the two QBs be judged?

    The Guard, safety and dt positions we do have to address or get younger at. However like most of the media you have failed to mention that leadership qualities we have taken in FA tht would help the younger players develope.

    Lastly the Running back position we have plenty of depth there when healthy. No one in the media has mentioned that 1. Mcfadden took less money and stayed a Raider to prove to The Nation that he can really play and stay healthy. Again during the time he has been with us we have not had a great oline, a consistant OC, a consistant HC or even a consistant QB. It takes time to get the chemistry right for everytjing to gel. Yes i know is injury prone but again gelling and a solid oline with help with this. 2. No one has mentioned that he got him for next to nothing. Low risk, high reward. $100000 guarenteed for a top 5 back when healthy is unheard of. We have Mcfadden, Sheets (which no one has mentioned how good this guys is), Latavius, Murray, Reece (when called upon is unstoppable) and worse case we could always move Jones back.

    In addition everyone in the media is calling the Raiders FA one of if not the worse in the league. How can this be? Between Houstons 6 sacks and Walkers 3, we had 9 sack in 2013 compaired to Woodleys 5, Smiths 5 and Tucks 11, i think we added simething there not to mention that these guys have rings, are proven leaders and are picks Reggie have made.

    Plus another thing no ine in the media has mentioned we still have approximately $40 in cap space still to spend, to use to sign more players and depth! Reggie is doing a great job but just like any other job/career there will be hicups!

    Sorry to blow up like this but the media very bias against the Raiders. They love to point out the short comings and downfalks but never mentions the full facts or the upside to the Raiders.

  • Bob

    The Raiders need to draft D heavy this year.