2015 NFL Free Agency Preview: Possible Scenarios for the Raiders
Dec 7, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (91) celebrates after a sack against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Raider fans who expect Reggie McKenzie to throw huge money around in March to land big names are going to be disappointed. McKenzie has shown over and over that he is not a big spender in free agency and likes to build in the draft, a process that can be frustrating for fans but has been proven over and over around the league to build long-term winners.
Still with two full drafts worth of young talent on the roster and a third upcoming, Reggie may be more aggressive with his cap room this year and add a few pieces that could be around for more than a year or two, especially if those pieces help this new head coach implement his vision for the team. It is nearly a guarantee that he will look to address team needs in the most financially-savvy way possible.
The 2015 offseason is a make-or-break time for McKenzie. If he doesn’t put together a team that can win in 2015, he may find himself out of a job. While this doesn’t mean he will dramatically change his philosophy, he may find room in his philosophy to make a few more moves than in years past. With just a few good free agent pieces and another solid draft class, he could be building a winner.