The Raiders are in desperate help for a pass rusher. With $66 million available to spend, the Raiders potentially could target a big name in Free Agency that would make an instant impact.
Panthers using franchise tag on DE Greg Hardy, per ESPN source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2014
Hardy is considered one of the premier Defensive Ends in the NFL. In 2013, he racked up 15 sacks giving him 26 over the last two years. He was a sixth round pick out of Ole Miss in 2010 but is clearly entering his prime at age 25. The franchise fag locks up Hardy to a one year contract with the Panthers that will be worth approximately $12.4 million.
If Hardy became a Free Agent, the Raiders would have certainly been in the mix to obtain him. But with Hardy signed, there are still plenty of marquee pass rushers that may interest the Raiders including Brian Orakpo, Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston. McKenzie has a lot of money to spend and will probably target one big name along with multiple players that can contribute.