ESPN analyst, John Clayton, gave his opinion on the state of the Raiders in his mailbag article.
Anyone see this?
Q: I have been a Raider fan for all my life, and obviously the last 10 or so years have been tough. I don't drink the Kool-Aid, but I have looked at the roster up and down, and other than inexperience at the QB position and some questions about the DL, am I seeing a bit of a lift on the team from A to Z? Have I been beaten down so long I am drinking the Kool-Aid without knowing it or am I seeing a team that looks above average?
Adam in Nashville, Tenn.
A: I'd love the Raiders to be above average, but I can't see it. Too many changes. They have about eight starters on defense who are in the final year of their contract. That might be good for incentive, but it's not building much. Let's say the Raiders do well enough to be 8-8 or 9-7. They won't be able to re-sign some of the players who do well. I worry about the offensive line. I worry more about the defensive line. I don't think the Raiders have enough at wide receiver. And there is hardly anything at tight end. Sorry.
I have no problem with him making the second half of the comment (although I think the Oline is way better than he thinks), but what 8 starters on defense is he talking about? And 50-70 million in cap room means we can't resign anyone??
We are WAY under the radar, more than I thought.