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Raiders overpaid free agents

Posted on: March 5, 2008 10:19 am
The Raiders are in trouble this offseason - and they know it.  And the over-paid free agent contracts that have resulted were an unfortunate necessity - but I worry if the Raiders are mortgaging their future to dig themselves out the hole they got into over the past few years. The team has been sapped of it's talent base by constant turn over in the coaching staff, a failed attempt to switch to a 3-4 defense, questionable drafting, and an unstable environment that has made it very difficult for the Raiders to keep their own talent and attract others.

Without DE/DT Tommy Kelly, S Gibril Wilson, WR Javon Walker and OT Kwame Harris the Raiders were screwed for next year and wouldn't have enough pieces to even help their younger talent develop.

If you disregard these signings they had a multitude of problems and only 5 draft picks (no 3rd or 5th round picks) to fill them. This problems included, but weren't limited to:
  1. An extremely thin crop of talent along the offensive and defensive lines
  2. A paper thin WR corps with only one player who's had more then 6 catches in his career
  3. A huge need on the backside of their defense where they haven't had a pair of safeties who could both be possibly counted on in years
Quite frankly the Raiders were backed into a corner and down on their luck.

Even if all their signings work out they still need to find 2 more defensive ends (they have only 6 defensive linemen including 2 defensive ends in Derrick Burgess and Jay Richardson under contract) and another WR to even have the minimum number of players necessary to play next year. They also probably could use a backup QB, a upgrade at SLB, OC (they've got Jake Grove and no one else who could play the position), another offensive lineman (Paul McQuistan is their backup OG and is at best a journeyman OT and Mario Henderson has never played at the pro level before), etc.

It's hard to see what the Raiders are going to do next - because they're in tough and no one knows if the pockets of talent they've got will be undermined by the weaknesses at key spots.  Here's hoping they get NY Giants lucky in the draft and hit on all their draft picks.
Category: NFL

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2008 9:13 pm

Raiders overpaid free agents

Guess today's events are validation.  If only Hall would take Walker with him.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2008 12:40 pm

Raiders overpaid free agents


Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2008 7:54 pm

Raiders overpaid free agents

They may have over payed, but when you have as bad of a record as they have had you have to do that to get people to come to your team.

They even over paid to keep Kelly, if he has a good couple years it won't matter.

The rates for the players nowa days are just crazy anyway. The teams spend so much money on these players, every year someone breaks the bank..

You have to pay to get talent in free agency, I'm not including  Harris, he sucks.

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