Apr 11, 2012; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie at press conference at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Officially In Rebuild Mode

None dared to call it a rebuild one year ago. Let’s not forget Reggie McKenzie was boasting of a team capable of playing in the postseason during his first months on the job. Then the 2012 regular season rolled around it became obvious which direction the Oakland Raiders were headed. Yet another one-way ticket to the land of rebuilding and this year it’s official as evident by the happenings of the current free agency period.

As it stands the Raiders are in for more compensatory picks in the 2014 NFL Draft as more and more key contributors depart the East Bay. Making matters worse those departures aren’t exactly opening the flood gates on free spending.   Quite the opposite in fact as fewer dollars are being committed to splashy signings instead the front office is focusing on the bang-for-buck approach.

Nothing wrong with that philosophy so long as it works. Philip Wheeler was certainly a great signing last offseason. Of course that hardly matters when his breakout season resulted in a swift departure one year later.

None the less McKenzie’s ability to find talent is real. What remains to be seen is whether or not that equates to wins. In a bottom line business winning is all that matters.

Rebuilding is one thing but asking football’s most faithful fans to sit through another miserable decade of brutal football is just foolish. Patience has a limit too after all and this offseason might just be testing Raider Nation’s willingness to sit through yet another overhaul.

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  • http://twitter.com/RickyBo60099188 Ricky Bobby

    Al screwed it all up, we will be contending by 15

  • Don417

    10 years of suckage and continuing. The Raider way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.g.osborne.5 Michelle Greenway Osborne

    us chiefs don’t have it much better lol i just hope we both stomp horse face and his love child five head and bradys blankie hey look on the bright side you guys take geno he is the next best thing since sliced bread and you guys win for the next 10 15 years and can talk smack to us chiefs fans with our “qbotf” alex smith

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.g.osborne.5 Michelle Greenway Osborne

    i meant to say he becomes the next best thing not that he is i just hate how when we needed a QB he wasn’t worth a first rounder now they all esay he is definitly worth a top 10 pick consider me clueless