Unlike so many in the Nation, I am not sweating and screaming that free agency isn't going as planned, that the season is lost, and the franchise doomed. This is not significantly different than what I predicted a few months back, although I did think that Veldheer and Houston would have been re-signed already. I expect that the issue there (that nobody is talking about) is that both are asking for contracts well above their established play. I'm going to hazard a guess that both are asking for salaries in the neighborhood of $9.5-10 million per year, which is not a level that they have played to, as yet. I do find it odd that everybody is blaming Reggie for not overspending, rather than blaming the players for asking for ridiculous amounts of money that they likely won't find on the market.
I didn't expect to sign a 'name' DE, because I didn't expect one to come free. It appears that Johnson is the only one that would qualify, and it is unknown at this time where he will go; I don't really expect him to be here. I do expect that there will be a couple of signings at the position, but just not the 'name players' that the Raiders fan base has become accustomed to (the same 'name players' that have also accustomed us to being in cap problems on a regular basis). I expect that we will more likely see a 'name player' at DB than anywhere else, but we'll see how that shakes out. I expect that we will see quite a few signings of solid players at market prices, and not make a mad rush for a couple of guys that will still leave us with too many holes in the lineup.
Relax, people: free agency doesn't end today. It isn't about the one or two guys that you pinned all your hopes on, it's about building the team as much as possible with the money available. Logic, not emotion, is what drives the front office of the best teams, but here a bunch of us are, acting like a bunch of junior high girls crushing on some pop star.
Take a breath, get a grip, ride it out. Then judge away when the smoke clears, not before.