For months now we’ve all been anticipating a flurry of frenetic activity once the lockout was lifted. Well, that day has finally come. While the rest of the league is jockeying for position in the fast lane of the contract expressway, the Raiders are moving to the right allowing traffic to pass.
Before Oakland can jump into the free agent fray there’s going to have to be a cap space party. The cap strapped Raiders aren’t going to be caught in any of the splashy bidding wars soon to occupy the lower third of ESPN broadcasts during the coming days.
Priority one for Al Davis is taking care of business in his own backyard.
Retaining Zach Miller is all that matters at the moment. In a close second on Al’s to-do list is making sure to match any of the offers Michael Bush is sure to receive.
Beyond that Davis and company are going to have to get out the sheers in order to give payroll a nice trim. There are plenty of needs the Raiders will look to fill via free agency but it’s going to have to be done in creative ways. This is where Oakland’s personnel department is going to earn its stripes.
Forget about any of the big name FA’s out there including Nnamdi Asomugha. As painful as it may be the reality is that Davis doesn’t have the cash to compete. Nnamdi is sure to field some highly lucrative offers that will definitely keep Davis out of the bidding.
Oakland’s spending frenzy occurred hours before the lockout began. Beyond that there really is much left to do in terms roster additions. Stanford Routt, Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley were Oakland’s biggest re-acquisitions this offseason. Hopefully Miller and Bush will be added to that list.
While the Raiders will certainly bring in some UFAs for camp and will undoubtedly be adding another QB to the mix, there isn’t much else that’s going to generate a lot of free agency buzz in the East Bay.
About the only storyline that could grab the attention of the football world would be if Asomugha decides to give Davis a hometown discount. Considering the amount of cashing coming Aso’s way it seems highly unlikely he’ll take a pay reduction just to stay in the Bay. Keep in mind Nnamdi only got two years out of his last deal. He’s got to be eager to break the bank for an extended period and now is the time to cash in.
So, if you’re the type who just enjoys football news for the sake of football news then you’ll have plenty of digest over the next week. However if you’ve got a Raider Jones like me then you’ll just be waiting for the Miller updates to come rolling in. Al’s free agent madness ended months ago. Every other owners insanity is just starting.