Apparently Reggie McKenzie got his man in yesterday’s signing of Shawntae Spencer. Vittorio Tafur states that many believe McKenzie might have found one of the great grabs in free agency…in relative terms of course. Peyton Manning this isn’t. But considering Spencer addresses an immediate need of Oakland’s and that he’s going to be playing with something to prove, it all adds up as a potentially valuable addition.
Spencer’s signing is also said to be the reason why the Raiders are backing off in their interest of inking Tracy Porter to a deal. Tafur notes that Porter is on his way to Tennessee to hear what the Titans have to offer. They just landed former Raider Kamerion Wimbley so Porter might just be a day late in his attempted cash grab.
The reality is Porter is younger and will be looking for more years than the one-year deals Oakland issued to both Spencer and Ron Bartell. Clearly the Raiders are looking for experienced NFL vets that have a chip on their shoulder. Bartell is coming of a season cut short by injury. He was released by the Rams so you’d better believe he’s got something to prove. Same goes for Spencer who was cut by the Bay Area rival 9ers after falling out of favor with the coaching staff.
In all McKenzie is taking a very sensible approach to molding this new Raider team. Low-risk investments with the potential for maximum upside.
Nothing guarantees success but sensible spending ensures the Raiders won’t be capped-out again anytime soon.