This was a simple article written by an AFC West fan, I didn't even both to read which team. The article, which you shouldn't click on and give the satisfaction of a read, suggested the Oakland Raiders' offeseason was quiet compared to the usual media love-fest directed toward Peyton Manning's Broncos.
It is laughable to say the Raiders had a quiet offseason. The biggest move in franchise history since Al Davis buying the team took place in January when we hired Reggie McKenzie as a GM, the first since Al Davis. Dennis Allen was the first real defensive minded coach since John Madden. The personnel was completely revamped.
Free agency was just what our cap-strapped team could do best: sign underrated free agents. Ron Bartell, Mike Briesel, Shawntae Spencer, and Philip Wheeler were all good signings and will be good starters. We traded away a couple of disappointments in Louis Murphy and Bruce Campbell, which returned Mike Goodson (a decent backup RB) and a late round pick in 2014. Backups Matt Leinart, Owen Schmitt, Pat Lee, and Brandon Underwood could be solid depth too.
In the draft, we did the best you can ask for with no 1 and 2. We get a starting left guard, a steal of a LB who will see the field, and a stud reciever in the 5th. That will help the team too.
A lot of addition by subtraction was the biggest move. Stanford Routt, Kam Wimbley, Kevin Boss, John Henderson, and Cooper Carlisle (resigned cheaper) were bad contracts that create cap freedom in 2013. The penalties and mistakes by these guys will be off the field, and if you average 100 net penalty yards a piece, we gained 500 yards defensively. That's huge.
To say this offseason was quiet is an insult. Give 'em hell, Nation. Haha.