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Raiders remaining needs, free agents available at those positions

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rather uneventful weekend for the Raiders as far as free agency signings were concerned. They tied up all loose ends on Friday, which is typically how Reggie McKenzie likes to do business, and the weekend was quiet. Now we begin a new week and therefore it's back to the business of hosting players and signing contracts.

Thus far the team has added nine free agents from other teams, which is a lot, but there is still some $20 million to spend (even with Matt Schaub still on the roster) and needs to be filled.

Here are the top needs and the players still on the market at those positions

Offensive guard

Justin Blalock, 31 - Was cut by the Falcons at the start of free agency. He was their fulltime starter for the past eight seasons, missing just three starts in his career. Mike Tice was his OL coach last season so he knows him well.

Rob Sims, 31 - Started every game the past five seasons for the Lions. After a stellar 2012 season, he struggled some in 2013 and early last season. But he finished very strong last year and proved he is still a very good guard in this league

Mike Pollak, 30 - You could do much worse. And for a team in much need of a guard to add competition this season, Pollak is a good option for that.

Wide receiver

Stevie Johnson, 28 - It was not long ago that Stevie Johnson was one of the better receivers in the NFL. He had three-straight seasons over 1000 yards as Ryan Fitzpatrick favorite target and deep threat.

Greg Jennings, 31 - He was a Pro Bowler the final two seasons Reggie McKenzie was in Green Bay. Then in 2013, he was the top receiver in Bill Musgrave's offense in Minnesota.

Dwayne Bowe, 30 - Another former 1000-yard receiver. He's a bit farther removed from that kind of production and hasn't been the dominant force he one was in the past couple seasons at least. I suspect he could have a great season for the right quarterback.

Defensive end

Anthony Spencer, 31 - He had 11.0 sacks in 2012, was injured all but on game in 2013, and played sparingly last season despite performing well when he was in. In the final two games, playing in about half the snaps, he had 9 QB hurries and a sack.A change of scenery could get him back on track.

Sam Acho, 26 - The 6-1, 260-pounder played outside linebacker his entire 4-year career in Arizona, but was a defensive end in college at Texas. His best seasons in the NFL were his first two as a pass rusher in a 3-4. He has struggled as an OLB in a 4-3 the past two seasons. A move to defensive end could be just what he needs to revive his career.

C.J. Wilson, 27 - Yes, the former Raiders defensive end. This run stopping DE had a fairly decent season with the Raiders in 2014,  showing some surprising pass rush abilities. He's being allowed to test the market. Should he not find what he's looking for elsewhere, bringing him back would be a good idea.

Tight end

Charles Clay, 26 - Received the transition tag from the Dolphins which means another team could put down an offer sheet and the Dolphins must match it to keep him. The Raiders have the funds to offer him a deal the Dolphins can't match.

Jermaine Gresham, 26 - He was the Raiders initial interest once Julius Thomas' figure was more than they wanted to pay. Gresham visited the team and they couldn't come to an agreement. Those talks are ‘dead for now' which leaves the door open should Gresham discover he can't do better elsewhere.


Sterling Moore, 25 - This Bay Area native and former Raiders undrafted free agent always finds his way on the field and plays well when he does. The Raiders could use the competition and depth he brings to the corner position.

Patrick Robinson, 27 - Former first round pick. He was decent last season after missing most of 2013. Prior to that he had 7 int over two seasons. A bit surprising he is still out there, actually.

Tarell Brown, 30 - He wasn't spectacular last season with the Raiders but was a serviceable starter. If he is willing to return and compete for a job, why not?