Raider general manager, Reggie McKenzie sat down with local media today to discuss the state of the Raiders. One of the primary subjects, of course, was who among the many free-agents-to-be are the priority and who is not.
McKenzie mentioned Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston, Rashad Jennings, and Charles Woodson as his primary targets to bring back according to those in attendance. He said he also intends on letting Darren McFadden test the market. Which is to say he intends to let him leave.
Raiders re-sign priorities on offense
We'll start with the offense and work through them all, deciding along the way which players are priorities, which are not, and which ones should watch out for that door as it swings back at them from behind.
Veldheer is set for the biggest payday as one of the better left tackles in the league. He would prefer not to use the franchise tag but it's hard to say how strictly he would stand by that objection should a deal not be struck with Veldheer by the time the franchise tag window closes.
Dennis Allen said at the end of the season that Lamarr Houston was in the team's plans, though Houston seemed less certain about his future following the season finale. He has since spoken of how much he would like to remain a Raider. If the mutual interest is sincere, there is no reason a deal cannot be reached.
Woodson said several times late in the season that he would like to play one more season and finish his career where it started. McKenzie's mention is solid proof that the feeling is mutual. Woodson is a fan favorite and at 37 can still play at a high level. Retiring as a Raider would be a great story and a fitting send off to his Hall of Fame career.
Jennings came in on a one-year ‘prove it' deal and he proved it and earned a multi-year deal as starter material. He also has said he loves living in the Bay Area. The Raiders appear ready to move forward with him and move on from McFadden.
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