Here are a few basic positive thoughts about what the Raiders have done so far in free agency.
1. The Raiders may have improved their rushing offense and offensive line depth while only paying a few million extra in free agency rather than breaking the bank.
2. The Raiders did not overpay for their own free agents who were good players that had good years but were replacable.
3. The Raiders got a deal on McFadden. We deserved that and I would love to see the Raiders run the damn ball more often than once every three or four years.
3. The Raiders still have plenty of money.
4. The Raiders also still have the fifth higest pick in every round. That should be huge.
Here are also a few ways people overreact keeping the discussion from being more interesting in my opinion.
1. Asking for people to be fired because one player was chosen over another even though there was cap space to sign either players. The obvious answer to this criticism is that Reggie weighed ALL THE FACTORS and still decided the Raiders would benefit more with Saffold. Saffold played in the NFC West against great competition on his own and other teams. The Rams ran pretty well during that time.
2. The Raiders didn't do what they said they would. The obvious answer is what other team telegraphs what they are doing? That might drive the price up. At the same time the Raiders have to drive the price up for their own players because they don't want other teams to get off easy.
I would rather know:
1. Is Saffold a roadgrader?
2. Did he flash in a particular game. Where is the tape on this guy?
3. What DBs are left? How about a DL or QB?
4. Who are the best pass rushers in the draft?
5. Is there a franchise QB in the draft?
6. What is a franchise QB?
7. Do you build the team first and then bring in the QB?