Alright so I know we have very little cap room available, but there are guys still out there whose price tags are dropping everyday. By the way, I've heard a lot of figures thrown around as far as money we'll have available to spend after the first of June. Can anyone give me a solid answer?
Regardless, here's my list. Tell me what you guys think.
Defensive Line/Defensive End
In my opinion this was one of the biggest needs coming into the offseason, and while RM has picked up some guys that will definitely help out, I think these guys could plug up some holes.
I always really liked Izzy when he was in Chicago and he played on a pretty stout defense. The major knock on him is his age. He's 32 and he'll be 33 in November. He would immediately make our D-line better though and he rarely misses games. In 2012 he had 48 tackles, 7 sacks and a forced fumble. The year before he racked up 53 tackles, 5 sacks, and also had a fumble forced.
This guy has been a defensive force for over a decade now. Which, like Idonije, is probably why he's still on the market. He just turned 35 a few days ago and has definitely passed his prime. But, that didn't stop him from totaling 10 sacks last season along with 37 tackles. In 2011 his numbers were similar with 9.5 sacks and 35 tackles. Also, he's only missed a couple games in his last 6 seasons.
Probably a bit of a stretch here but before injuring his knee last season with the Lions
and being place on IR, he was a solid lineman. He had a visit with the Raiders
back in March and left without a deal. We'll see if they bring him in again. If he's healthy and in shape, he could be a cheap, viable option to rotate on the line.
Honorable mention: Richard Seymour
Our defensive backfield was definitely in need of a solid free safety coming into the offseason. I like the addition of Usama Young
but, I'm not confident that he'll be the answer. Taking a look at who is still on the market, there are a couple of guys I'd like to see (back in one case) in the Silver and Black.
Seeing Rhodes and Branch in the backfield would be a serious upgrade from last year. Rhodes has a high football IQ and is a veteran presence our D definitely needs. Last year he seemed to be everywhere on the field with 68 tackles, 4 picks, 11 passes defended and got himself a sack in there too. As for what it would cost us to get him on the team is still up in the air. But, if RM manages to sign him he'd be a welcome addition to the defense.
Damn it'd be nice to have this guy back. He was cut by Green Bay this offseason but it wasn't for lack of production, it was a salary issue. Earlier in the week Woodson was quoted as saying, ""When this process first started out, I needed to go to a contender," he said. "I know I am toward the end of my career. At this point, I want to play football. So if it is a rebuilding stage, at this point if that is the circumstances I have to play under, then that is what I am going to do." I'd love to see him come back home and finish his career in Oakland, but I'm not so sure Reggie would be willing to pull the trigger on the 36 year old defensive back.
Honorable mention: Quintin Mikell
Last season the Raiders we so depleted on at the corner position Jamarcus Russell could have put up big numbers against us. With the drafting of D.J. Hayden
and the additions of Tracy Porter
and Mike Jenkins
we're already leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year. But, as we learned last season, it never hurts to have another body when someone goes down.
Brown wouldn't be a "wow" signing but he'd provide depth at the corner position. He's on the downside of his career and he'd come at a cheap price. He played in 15 games last season for the Browns
but ultimately ended up losing the starting job. His stat line wasn't very impressive with 58 tackles and 3 interceptions. And only had 12 passed defended. Could end up being a rotational guy.
So how many of you grimaced when you saw that name huh? I've always hated this guy. Just being honest. I'm sure most of you have too. But, he's available and could provide depth if we can get him on the cheap. Last season was one of his most productive seasons in his career. He ended the season with 64 tackles and 3 picks (one returned for a touchdown) and 9 passes defended. If he's available, healthy, cheap, and productive I'm all for seeing him on the roster.
Honorable Mention: Stanford Routt
(Hey, he'd be cheap and maybe he'll show some of his old form being back by the Bay)
With the departure of DHB and the lack of a veteran presence at the position I think adding a couple of veterans to the receiving corps is a must. It's definitely slim pickings as far as the wide out position is concerned. But, there are a couple of guys that could be difference makers.
Adding a guy like Lloyd to the team instantly makes us better in my opinion. Last year, he seemed to be Tom Brady's
go to receiver and his stats show it. 74 receptions for almost 1000 yards with 4 touchdowns. Not impressive scoring numbers but, keep in mind, that averages out to 12.3 yards per catch. The guy can play. And, Flynn needs a guy like that.
Not only would Cribbs be a nice addition at receiver, we all know he's a special teams beast. Lightening the load on Jacoby Ford
could prove to help out with his receiving game. Cribbs visited with the Raiders earlier in the week and left without a deal to meet with a few other teams. I would love to see this guy in Silver and Black.
Honorable Mention: Austin Collie
and Steve Breaston
Other notable free agents I'd wouldn't mind the Raiders signing:
Todd Heap - TE
Dallas Clark - TE
Eric Winston - T
Jared Gaither - T
Tyronne Green - G
Dan Koppen - C
Ahmad Bradshaw - RB
Felix Jones - RB
Nick Barnett - LB
Bart "Can't wait" Scott - ILB
Chris Kluwe - P
Mat McBriar - P