Free Agents with ties to new Raider coaching staff

Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans gets the crowd hyped up

Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen have already shown their proclivity for hiring coaches from their former stops in the NFL. It stands to reason that they would look to do the same with players from their former teams.

And with the free agency period coming up on March 13, you can bet the first free agent players on their minds are those who they once coached. When digging up these players, I didn't just pick every free agent from the coaches former team. I stayed specific to his coaching position-ie DB coach would mean corners and safeties, offensive coordinator would mean all offensive players, etc.

Here is a list of 2012 unrestricted free agents who have served under current Raider coaches:

Head coach Dennis Allen

DL Brodrick Bunkley UFA Denver Broncos

DL Jason Hunter UFA Denver Broncos

DL Marcus Thomas UFA Denver Broncos

LB Mario Haggan UFA Denver Broncos

LB Joe Mays UFA Denver Broncos

LB Wesley Woodyard UFA Denver Broncos

CB Jonathan Wilhite UFA Denver Broncos

SS Brian Dawkins UFA Denver Broncos

CB Tracy Porter UFA New Orleans Saints

Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver

LB Ahmad Brooks UFA San Francisco 49ers

LB Manny Lawson UFA Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive Coordinator Greg Knapp

QB Jake Delhomme UFA Houston Texans

RB Justin Forsett UFA Seattle Seahawks

TE John Carlson UFA Seattle Seahawks

OG Michael Gibson UFA Seattle Seahawks

C Todd McClure UFA Atlanta Falcons

Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack

C Chris Myers UFA Houston Texans

OG Mike Brisiel UFA Houston Texans

Defensive Line Coach Terrell Williams

DE Cliff Avril UFA Detroit Lions

LB Anthony Spencer UFA Dallas Cowboys

Linebackers Coach Johnny Holland

LB Mario Williams UFA Houston Texans

Defensive Backs Coach Johnny Lynn

CB Jamar Wall UFA Philadelphia Eagles

FS Marlin Jackson UFA Philadelphia Eagles

SS Dashon Goldson UFA San Francisco 49ers

FS Reggie Smith UFA San Francisco 49ers

FS C.J. Spillman UFA San Francisco 49ers

There are a great deal more players who were on the same team as some of the coaches but weren't in their area of expertise-- Marques Colston jumps to mind. This also doesn't include free agents from Reggie McKenzie's former team, the Green Bay Packers.

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