Oakland Raiders: Making The Right Free Agency Moves

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Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s no secret, the NFL kicked off the 2014 season with the start of Free Agency on March 11th.  The Oakland Raiders topped the list of teams with a plethora of Cap space.  Of course, this opened the door for the knucklehead pundits to start placing every move made by Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie under a microscope.  As if we, the fans, weren’t already analyzing every move made by our team, the pundits felt it necessary to downplay and even slander every move made by McKenzie.  Apparently, the NFL Network needed some publicity and page views on their website, because they called upon their Raider Haters to write ignorant and totally biased articles that slandered the Oakland Raiders free agent signings.

September 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) is checked out by a trainer after being injured on a play against the Washington Redskins during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Rodger Saffold deal didn’t help matters, but I believe that the Raiders made the right move by not overpaying for a Tackle that would require surgery.  Of course Rodger Saffold’s Agent and the St. Louis Rams are going to downplay his injury and make it sound as though the Raiders made a mistake.  They don’t want their fans to think they made a boneheaded move, would you?

Instead, they too jumped on the “kick the Raiders while they’re down” bandwagon.  In any event, the Raiders don’t have to wait for Saffold to get onto the field in the Pre-Season.  I don’t believe that Raiders Owner Mark Davis wanted to have another dead beat player milking the organization for money while he sits on an injury.  The Raiders, and the fans, want players who want to play, and players who will help the organization win.  This is why the move was made.

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  • KloverJane

    It seems so, finally.

  • bigninaross

    Totally agree, well written. It’s not often you get to read something positive on The Raiders these days. I feel that if the Raiders powers that be, can remain patient with Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen for these next 2 years, then we will definitely be in the playoffs.

  • TomaterRaider

    Funny, I was just commenting about the same thing on a different post.
    By no means do I hate Payton Manning but right now John Elway is mortgaging the farm the way Al Davis did (when Denver crash and burns they will talk about the Broncos then).
    It will not be long before Reggie has this turned around and headed in the right direction but the media just doesn’t want to see it that way.
    Saffold needed surgery plain and simple and should not have been signed – just as it went down. I don’t care who made the decision because the right decision was made.
    I am so happy Reggie is not playing the Big Name Game because with a big name comes a big head and we would be headed right back to where we were before Reggie.

    The one thing I have learned is if you want a rumor started, don’t say anything – others will fill in the dead air with whatever they can think of.

    BTW: Good read Shane – haven’t heard much from you since the season ended, but I have always appreciated your positive attitude in your writings. Keep it up!

  • Bob

    Welcome back Shane.

  • PK

    Seems like the raiders are takin a page from their home town baseball team. The Oakland underdogs the a’s always make it to the playoffs with up and comers. It’s their bond as a team that gets them there. Also big al was always known for signing players that people thought they were down and over the hump. Just to name some like rich Gannon and jerry rice Charlie garner Jim plunket they all proves to get us to the Super Bowl. I’m all for signing vets that have been passed over by the league. They come to Oakland, hungry and with something to prove. They also feel proud to be here cause we invite them in with open arms,also once they get here they find out how it’s like to be a raider and why our fans are called the raider nation. Stay proud guys out there the franchise is in good hands Reggie was once a proud raider himself and has papa madden still around too

  • James Schroeder

    I like this guy…. Amen and a big applause for calling it like it is. Finally a real article from a real reporter who doesn’t have his head up his ass

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    JV was our Zbest OL, LH our best DL. Should have kept both & then signed these guys. Now we DTILL NEED A LT!!

  • mike

    Thanks for the Sanity…..

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I appreciate your comments very much. Sorry about the hiatus, but I had some family things to take care of. For me family comes first. I love my Raiders family too, but I take care of my immediate one first. Glad to be back, and I try to be as positive as possible. I believe where the team is headed, but I can understand the need to have them win now as well. New things happening right now, and good things will come of it.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you for your input. I’ll keep trying my best.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thanks, appreciate the welcome. Hopefully back for the long haul now!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Just a real guy who is a true Raiders fan. I like saying what’s on my mind, and I’m glad you liked what I was thinking.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I don’t doubt for one minute that they were the best for the Raiders at their positions. However, others made them out to be in the same light as a Michael Strahan or Gene Upshaw or Howie Long, etc…

  • Sterling Archer

    Very good article like the way you put things into perspective, I think you may suffer from a little bit of paranoia with how you think the league is out to get us ( I heard that as an excuse as to why the salary cap jumped so much), But RM is making good moves I think letting Penn out of the Hole without a deal in place wasn’t a great move because im not sold on Watson as or Starting LT unless they believe Barnes can do it, he did only allow 3 sacks last season but not a top tier guy at all, but neither is penn. We still need a solid G or C, hopefully Mack isn’t too far off wouldn’t mind breaking the bank a little to get Him at Center then moving Wis to a G spot…

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    RM IS AN IDIOT, should have kept both LH & JV, then this Safffold debacle wouldn’t have never occurred.

  • Rich Mouser

    Welcome back Shane, been a while and glad to have you back! Hope you get back to the Fan’s perspective, but regardless glad to know you are well. Keep writing, we have missed you.

  • DanfromVegas

    Well done sir. You articulated a lot of what I’ve been trying to preach in other blogs.

  • Bob

    Just stop the wild statements like, “DMC is going to have a monster year” when you have no facts that support your statement.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I was waiting for that comment Bob. No worries here, but my backup was the fact that he was in a contract year. He needed to show everything he could to up his value, but he failed miserably. I’m eating crow. I’m not always going to be right, and I’m okay with that. McFadden didn’t do his job, and once again, he got hurt. Such is life…

  • Jonathan Allen

    EXACTLY WHAT IM SAYING!!!!!! Yes finally some real talk about the truth!!!!!

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    I like your views Shane, I just hope we do not draft a QB in the first round. I feel McCarron will be a good pick-up in later rounds. Maybe we trade down or either draft Kali Mack. If we can draft more we can build a real team for Herman Edwards to come coach. We need an energize coach. Not a soft political correct coach. Right now players do not have faith in the coaches to say I want to play for the Raiders.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Shane I wish our fans knew what we have in the backfield. We brought back DMC, He has a heart for Silver and Black. We have Cory Sheets who is the MVP of the CFL. We have a 2nd year Big Bruisers back named Latavious Murray, we have J. Stewart. With Reece, and Olwezie leading though the hole. So a strong run game will let Pryor or McGloin grow with a great front line that can beat the Broncos D- rush.

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  • Aaron Raider

    Nice read. We are on the up swing finally!

  • Raider Grant

    Appreciate the optimistic outlook Shane. McKenzie is bouncing back, especially with Donald Penn signing. But its not all cupcakes& rainbows in Raider land, McKenzie still has a lot to live up too. McKenzie has yet to have a stellar draft, and yes the two previous drafts count & have nothing to do with the salary cap. Anyone who is allotted the time to slowly build a team will eventually be a winner. To be special as a GM you must make few mistakes, be aggressive in free agency(to include signing your own talent), able to draft wisely, and do it all in a timely manner. McKenzie has made numerous mistakes & failed in two previous off-seasons/drafts. I truly want the best for him, as I want the best for The Raiders, but believe we should have already been further in the rebuilding process had he drafted better, and made less mistakes. The philosophy can’t be that great if players took less money to play elsewhere? Any hoot Go Raiders!