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Mark Davis: "picking up that Brink's truck" prepared to make run at big free agents

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The legal free agent tampering period begins Saturday. That's when teams are 'officially' allowed to contact the agents of players to negotiate terms of contracts. They can't have players in for visits during this time, that happens at the start of free agency on Tuesday.

In preparation for this day, the Raiders have been clearing out cap space and are currently sitting at just over $64 million available under the 2015 salary cap which is second below the Jacksonville Jaguars for the most in the NFL.

And Mark Davis is preparing to spend it.

"Tomorrow I'm heading down to the bank and picking up that Brink's truck and getting it ready for free agency period," Davis joked in an interview on Tim Kawakami's TK Show Friday.

"It's really exciting and there are some players out there," Davis said. "We're going to see what we can do."

Kawakami added that Davis said the team has spent the past three years getting itself in position to sign players to longterm contracts. They attempted to get a start on signing players long term last year and fell flat with their two big signing attempts being Rodger Saffold, who failed his physical and voided his deal, and Austin Howard who signed on for 5 years and promptly had a disappointing season.

This year figures to be a different story. It kind of has to be. The Raiders need to add young talent and make a serious attempt at winning now, especially with even more money to spend this year than they did last year.

The top free agents the Raiders are said to be showing the most interest are Ndamukong Suh and Randall Cobb. Suh is expected to cost around $20 million per season and Cobb around $11 million. That's a lot of scratch for two players but even if those numbers end up accurate, it would leave the Raiders with $33 million to spend, which is more than half the teams in the NFL currently have.