Oakland Raiders: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

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Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders

Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders. (Photo By Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

With free agency just around corner, let’s take a look at the 15 best free agent acquisitions in Oakland Raiders history.

Arguably the most important offseason in Oakland Raiders history is less than a month away and fans everywhere are waiting in anticipation. Obviously, fans are keen on looking for the next star in this year’s crop of free agents. But why not take a look at some of the best pieces of business in franchise history?

Like any other NFL franchise, the Raiders have had some big time free agent acquisitions, but they have also had their fair share of misses. Remember DeAngelo Hall? Yeah, me, too. Nonetheless, let’s keep it positive and look at which players the Raiders struck gold on.

Obviously, this ranking will be based on how well the player performed as a member of the Raiders. Statistics mixed with evaluations of team success during their stint will be considered heavily in ranking these players.

Let’s start with some honorable mentions. Guys like Jeff Hostetler, Pat Swilling and Lee Smith were all great free agent pickups, but they barely miss the cut here. The first name on the list is one of my favorite players to ever sport the Silver and Black, and a huge reason for the Raiders turning the corner in 2016.

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