There are two big dates in the off-season which NFL fans look forward to the most - Free Agency and the draft. The first of those starts today. In this article I hope to give you all the information you need to head into free agency prepared.
What: 2013 NFL Free Agency (start of new league year)
When: Tuesday March 12, 1:00pm Pacific Standard Time
More: Raiders Free Agency 2013
Raiders free agents: OT Khalif Barnes, DT, Desmond Bryant, OG Cooper Carlisle, DE Andre Carter, LB Omar Gaither, FS Matt Giordano, RB Mike Goodson, WR Derek Hagan, CB Joselio Hanson, P Shane Lechler, QB Matt Leinart, SS Mike Mitchell, TE Brandon Myers, DT Richard Seymour, DE Matt Shaughnessy, CB Shawntae Spencer, LB Philip Wheeler, (RFA) CB Phillip Adams
Top priorities to re-sign: LB Philip Wheeler, DT Desmond Bryant.
Others team could look to bring back: RB Mike Goodson, CB Joselio Hanson, SS Mike Mitchell, TE Brandon Myers, DE Matt Shaughnessy, CB Phillip Adams
Raiders team needs: DT, CB, LB, OT, TE, DE, RB
More: Cornerback I Middle Linebacker I Defensive Line I Tight End I Offensive Line
Current money under salary cap: $8.5 million
Raiders on the chopping block with amount saved against 2013 cap if cut: LB Rolando McClain ($1.2 million), DT Tommy Kelly ($8 million), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey ($5.4 million or $8 million if cut after June 1st)