Most all of the big splashes have been made in free agency. The Raiders did their own cannonball into the pool with the signings of Kelechi Osemele, Bruce Irvin, and Sean Smith. They then tried unsuccessfully to sign Eric Weddle, who agreed to a 5-year contract in Baltimore is unlikely to finish.
Now the Raiders move on and with some $30 million still to spend, they can add quite a few more players should they choose to do so.
Here is our projected Raiders free agent wish list. Ranking is a combination of Raiders interest, need, and free agent value:
1. Tony Jefferson, S, RFA tender Cardinals
2. Erin Henderson, LB, UFA
3. Russell Okung, OT, UFA
4. Donald Penn, OT, UFA - Re-signed with the Raiders
5. Rashad Johnson, S, UFA
6. Mike Wallace, WR, UFA (cut) - Agreed to terms with Ravens
7. Reggie Nelson, S, UFA
8. Chris Long, DE, UFA (cut) - Signed with Patriots
9. Jahri Evans, G, UFA (cut)
10. Patrick Robinson, CB, UFA
11. Brandon Boykin, CB, UFA
12. Nolan Carroll, CB, UFA (re-signed with Eagles)
The top two guys on this list are those who the Raiders have shown significant interest in of late. Both come at need positions of safety and inside linebacker.
Should the Raiders make an offer to Jefferson, they would have to wait five days to allow the Cardinals to match as the Cardinals placed a tender on the restricted free agent. That's the main reason why he is still out there. If they could get him, it would soothe the sting from missing out on Eric Weddle.
If the Raiders can't get Jefferson, there's his teammate Rashad Johnson. And if need be, Reggie Nelson is out there as a great stopgap option. The 33-year-old had 8 interceptions last season.
Henderson is certainly not the second best player on the market, but in a very thin inside linebacker market, the Raiders missed out on all the top guys. Henderson was once a starting middle linebacker before a couple DUI's derailed his career. He could be a nice under the radar signing.
The Raiders have said they would like to have Penn back, but it's clear the two sides disagree on his value. Newly signed offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele said where he lines up is dependent on the Raiders free agent plans. That leaves open the possibility of adding a tackle and Okung and Penn are the best options out there.
On the other hand, if Osemele plays tackle, the Raiders should be looking to add a guard. Evans is a six-time Pro Bowler and 4 time All Pro. He is 32 years old. You won't find a better guard on the market than him..