Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) looks at the quarterback during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Searching for Free Agent Gems

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) looks into the backfield of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie McKenzie has a strategy in building a franchise. It is one he was brought into at Green Bay. The theory of building a team through young players acquired in the draft. If your hoping to see McKenzie sign three or four big name studs in free agency, you should move to Miami and get a Mike Wallace jersey because its not happening. Even when McKenzie has the cap space next off season he has made it clear how this team will be built. Resulting in the Raiders searching for free agent gems at the bottom of the barrel. Of course the bottom of the barrel can be home to ex pro bowlers with something to prove. Not always a bad thing.

Mike Jenkins will join Tracy Porter in the depleted secondary of Oakland. The former Cowboy became a 2009 pro bowler, but as of late he hasn’t played up to par. Reggie McKenzie’s signing will be just as much of a gamble as the signings of Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell. These players will need to pan out for McKenzie if there are any hopes of going .500.

A pretty dim outlook for the season and yet a cruel reality. McKenzie’s gambles are like floaties on a fat kid, they wont keep the team afloat for long but they’ll have to do. McKenzie is also rolling his dice on Andre Carter, who despite his age impressed on Oakland’s complacent defensive line last season. With any luck he will be a positive role model for a future rookie pass rusher. Ending on a positive note, at least we are moving forward.




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