Raiders free agent wishlist: Best still available day two

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The cupboard was cleaned out pretty good on the first day of free agency. The new salary cap being $7 million higher than expected was a big reason for that. The first wave was a big one but that doesn't mean the second one doesn't carry some decent talent in it as well.

Here is the best of what's left for the Raiders needs:

Defense:

S Thomas DeCoud - A cap casualty, is just 28 years old. Has started every game the past five seasons in Atlanta. What more do you want?

S Charles Woodson - Apparently was offered an insulting deal from the Raiders (no surprise there) but bringing this future Hall of Famer back for a farewell season would be a good idea. He started all 16 games last season and along with being a tremendous leader and mentor to young players, he was very productive.

DE  Justin Tuck - Not on this list initially because it appeared he was close to re-signing with the Giants. That didn't happen and the former All Pro and 2-time Pro Bowler and 2-time Super Bowl champion is the best chance the Raiders have of landing a solid defensive end.

DE  Chris Clemons - released by the Seahawks in a cap move. The Raiders should be interested in bringing back their former pass rusher.

DT  Randy Starks - Is said to not be a good personality fit with Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin. Then again, the turmoil in Miami these days make that understandable. He would be a great fit to take over at right defensive tackle.

DT  Pat Sims - Was a very solid run stopper with some push in pass rush last season while proving he can be a full time starter. His return to the Raiders should be an easy decision. He is simply the best option out there for that left defensive tackle/nose tackle spot.

Offense:

TE  Owen Daniels - Was a cap casualty by the Texans. Was a Pro Bowler just a season ago.

TE  Brandon Pettigrew - This former first round pick has had some very productive seasons in the NFL. The kind of production the Raiders need at the TE position.

TE  Scott Chandler - Production has been going up every season the past three seasons culminating in 53 catches for 655 yards last season.

WR  Eric Decker - A surprising name still on this list. He will be in high demand on day two which will make it unlikely the Raiders have a shot at him with their quarterback situation.

WR James Jones - Former Packers receiver and San Jose State alum caught 14 touchdowns last season. Reggie McKenzie likes his former players and Jones could welcome the opportunity to come home.

RB  Maurice Jones-Drew - He has a lot of tread on those tires and has seen his production wane of late. He can still be productive in a running-back-by-committee situation and, like James Jones, is a Bay Area guy who might welcome the opportunity to finish his career in Oakland.

RB  Andre Brown - Has run well at times, including a 30 carry, 115-yard performance against the Raiders last season. He also has broken his leg twice in the past two seasons. The Raiders have reported interest and if he's over his injury, he could be a good pickup.

QB  Josh Freeman - Really the only quarterback who might be worth bothering with in this free agent class unless/until Matt Schaub is cut. Freeman played under Greg Olson in Tampa Bay and had his best seasons during those years. If anyone can get the most out of him, it's Olson.

I fully expect many of these players to be gone pretty early on day two but as of late Tuesday night, they were still unsigned. Many of these moves will be on East Coast time so you will have to wait until I drag my West Coast @$$ out of bed to update their free agent status.

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