Ok here we go. This is simply what i think would be the best thing to happen to the Raiders. I am not a general manager in any form just a die hard fan. With free agency coming in two days, here is what i believe would bring back excellence to the Oakland Raiders.
First things first, resign Jared Veldheer. There is a lot of talk he is going to the Cardinals but that is just speculation. I find it hard to believe Reggie would let him walk but then again he might not think he is worth the money he's asking so if not he better sign Eugene Monroe quickly. I also believe we should sign LLamar Houston as well. Both players should make 7 to 8 million per year.
Now lets get to the good stuff. Playing in the AFC West is a tough challenge. The division consists of three playoff teams and the NFL is a pass first league now a days so one has to think the Raiders better put together a solid secondary. With the hiring of Lovie Smith the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no reason to pay Darrelle Revis 10+ mill a year or whatever he's making since they play cover two defense. The Raiders on the other hand would covet Revis' ball hawking skills and shut down corner skills. In my dream world the two teams could figure out a trade. We have the fifth pick they got the seventh, if there was any player the Bucs were looking at they could move up two spots trade the Raiders Revis and both teams win. However the teams can work it out it would be a win win for both. Also in free agency there is one difference maker, that is Jarius Byrd. The leagues best saftey is up for grabs and the Raiders got the most money so spend it. With these two moves the Raiders would have two of the leagues best on there roster. Resign Porter and Jenkins for depth and have Hayden play opposite of Revis our corners are set.
As for the defensive line, with LLamar Houston signed, i would bring in a veteran like Jared Allen and draft Aaron Donald in the first round. He will bring versatility with his speed and power. We got Stacy McGee and with free agency and the draft we can add some more pieces but with the major pieces filled it will all come together. The time is now so lets get things rolling. Dirk Raider- out.