Jaguars head into free agency with some momentum: reached agreement with former Seahawks DT Red Bryant on a 4-yr deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2014
In the last three years, Bryant only missed one game with the Seattle Seahawks. During that time period, Bryant racked up 87 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. While he is not a marquee pass rusher, he is extremely efficient against the run. With Lamarr Houston and Justin Hunter entering free agency on March 11, the Raiders are in a desperate position for a defensive end.
But while other teams have been quick to sign back players, McKenzie is taking his time. As a result, many of the star defensive lineman and pass rushers are already off the market including: Greg Hardy, Brian Orakpo and Red Bryant. If Mckenzie waits until March 11 to offer Lamarr Houston a contract, he could be the next big name that becomes unavailable.
While Mckenzie has already lost numerous options, he still has a few that would immediately improve Oakland's defensive line including: Michael Johnson, Michael Bennett amd Lamarr Houston. But if McKenzie does not act soon, someone else will. The same goes for every free agent on the Raider's roster.
Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston, Rashad Jennings and Tracy Porter are the biggest names on the Raiders that are entering free agency. How many of them have been resigned? None. McKenzie has $66 million to spend in free agency. Unless he spends some of it soon, the Raiders are going to have the same 4-12 record as last year.
As Benjamin Franklin said, "Time is money", and McKenzie is running out of it.