The Oakland Raiders traded Terrelle Pryor on Monday in exchange for a seventh-round pick. Pryor was Al Davis' final draft pick before he passed away on October 8, 2011. After his death, the Raiders built 'the fire that burns brightest' so the flame of Davis' legacy would forever live on. But personnel wise, that flame is flickering fast.
Immediately after Davis passed, Hue Jackson took control as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Raiders. Jackson started with 53 players from the Davis regime. After a disappointing 8-8 finish, he was fired and Reggie McKenzie was named the General Manager. In his first off-season with the Raiders, McKenzie signed 10 new players that would become defensive starters, replacing many players from the previous regime.
McKenzie did away with several big contract players almost right away. Out were the likes of Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt, Jason Campbell, Kamerion Wimbley, Samson Satele, Louis Murphy, Joseph Barksdale, and Trevor Scott.
In 2013 the exits included Tommy Kelly, Shane Lechler, Mike Mitchell, Desmond Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff, and Michael Bush.
This off-season Jared Veldheer, Jacoby Ford and Lamarr Houston were among the latest to be weeded out.
That makes for just 11 players remain from the Davis regime:
In two and a half years, Hue Jackson and Reggie McKenzie replaced 80% of the Davis regime. With the futures of Darren McFadden, Khalif Barnes, Denarius Moore and Chimdi Chekwa in jeopardy, that number could rise to 87% within a year.
The eternal flame will forever burn bright in the hearts of Raider fans. But for the team, that flame is running out of gas.