In his salary cap report he mentions that the dead money will not count against us until 2012. That would leave us with a cap of 95 Million (25 million under the cap), and Carlisle, CJ, and Wimbley are renegotiating their contracts to make more room. Although he seemed unsure about dead money and where our cap really is this is great news for us. That gives us plenty of cap space to go out and sign some good veterans to help our team. Ruiz goes on to list the players the Raiders are going after and those players are: Kirk Morrison, FS Brodney Poole NYJ, FS Dashon Goldson SF, LT Jared Gaither BAL, G Duece Luiti AZ, CB Cromartie NYJ, QB's Marc Bulger, Trent Edwards, and Vince Young, and Wr's TJ Houshmanzadeh, and Malcom Floyd.
As I was searching the internet trying to find anything about who the Raiders were trying to find I stumbled upon a bleacher report article by Ezra Ruiz posting some Rumors of who we are going after and some other reports about the salary cap.
Out of these players I would like to see Morrison, Goldson, Gaither, and Luiti all become members of the SIlver and Black. Morrison would fill the need at weak side linebacker, and would upgrade our linebackers to make it a possible strength of our football team. I have always been a fan of Morrison and would love to see him back home. Goldson is a solid free safety and would be an upgrade over Huff. I did see that Branch was working at FS, while Mitchell was working at strong safety. I like that safety combo but I still think I would rather have a true free safety back there. Gaither would be an upgrade at LT and I believe he is one of the best in the league. Our line would be a lot better if we were able to sign him, and move the other Jared to RT were he could flourish in run blocking. Lastly, Luiti is a massive guard from Arizona. I do not know much about him other than he would fit well in our power blocking scheme, and would be an immediate replacement for Gallery.
I do not want to see Cromartie in Oakland because he is a weak tackler, and has a large ego. The Raiders have done well this year in getting rid of egos and poor locker room presence so I'd like to keep that where it is. I don't know enough on Poole to have an opinion of him. On all of the QB's I will take a pass. If this were a normal season I would take a serious look at Edwards but I don't see him being that much of an upgrade over Boller. Not that I am a supporter of Boller but he is familiar with the system which is huge this season.
For the receivers it is a toss up. I would not mind seeing Houshmanzadeh or Floyd come in and become arguably our best receiver but at what price? Floyd will not come cheap and there will be teams bidding for him so I will write him off as a no. Houshmanzadeh on the other hand should be cheaper since his production has dropped and he is aging. He could come in and be a tutor for our young guys while giving us the production we need. The only problem is we are backed up at receiver as it is, and I would like to see what these young guys can do with one year under their belt with this QB and system.
These are just my opinions and the players are just off of speculation but what do you think Nation? Is there anybody else we should be going after and who should be out top priority other than Miller? The link to Bleacher Report is: