Reggie McKenzie will need to come up with an amount he is willing to pay each free agent on an annual basis and determine if the market worth of that player is over or under his value.
The Raiders only have a handful of free agents that should garner interest on the open market by other teams, but they also happen to be the free agents the Raiders would like to keep.
Below are estimated market rates (annually) for each player, derived from years of service, prior contract data and estimated market demand.
Projecting per year value is in-exact at best. If anything we are putting in a little guesswork here.
QB Jason Campbell: $4 million (estimated)
Campbell made about $4 million per season with the Raiders and is likely to find the market hasn't become any warmer for his services. If he can't find a starting job, he might be looking at half of this amount. He brought the Raiders' offense back to respectability and a quarterback needy team might come calling.
QB Kyle Boller; $1.25 million (estimated)
It's going rate for a backup, but there is no guarantee Boller can find a job in 2012. He looked terrible in the five quarters of football he played in 2011. He'll be lucky to find a third-string job on the open market.
RB Michael Bush: $6 million (estimated)
Bush rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in 2011 and proved himself to be a capable running back. He's never been a clear No. 1. The market for an every-down running back might heat up as the other top options are re-signed. He's a big smooth-running player that could be very successful in the right scheme and behind the right offensive line.
The only question will be if teams are worried about his 3.8 yards per carry average in 2011 and if that is characteristic of Bush as a starting running back.
RB Rock Cartwright: $800,000 (estimated)
Cartwright won the Commitment to Excellence Award for the second season in a row. He was the Raiders' special teams captain. He's exclusively a special teams player at this point, but his leadership sets an example for the younger players both on and off-the-field.
WR Chaz Schilens: $1 million (estimated)
The Raiders once believed Schilens could be a No. 1 receiver if he could stay healthy. He finally stayed healthy in 2011 and didn't produce like a top receiver. He still has soft hands and understands how to run routes in the NFL and that means he'll find an opportunity to play in 2012.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh: $1 million (estimated)
Hue Jackson pulled Houshmandzadeh off the street to make Carson Palmer comfortable in his new situation in Oakland. Houshmandzadeh quickly stole snaps from the younger receivers and just as quickly gave the snaps back to them.
C Samson Satele: $685,000 (estimated)
Satele has retained the starting center job for the past few seasons, only losing the job during brief periods. He's gone through the transition from zone-blocking to man-blocking and still managed to do good enough to keep starting.
He's not a great center, but he always just just enough to keep the team from looking for a replacement.
RT Khalif Barnes: $1 million (estimated)
Signed originally as competition for the left tackle position. It never worked out for Barnes at left tackle and he spent a season being used as a sixth lineman and then took over for Langston Walker at right tackle last season.
Unfortunately, Barnes wasn't significantly better than Walker and the Raiders will likely turn the right tackle position over to a younger option. If the Raiders are going to get below-average play, they can at least get a young player game experience.
OL Stephon Heyer: $1.5 million (estimated)
In training camp be was challenging for more playing time, but never did make a permanent break into the starting rotation on the offensive line. He started both he games against the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders dominated on the ground in the first game, but fell flat in the final game of the season.
DE Trevor Scott: $685,000 (estimated)
Once a rising pass-rusher and now a washed out one. He's never developed into the pass-rusher the Raiders hoped he would develop into, but he still have some athletic ability that can be useful to another team.
DE Jarvis Moss: $1 million (estimated)
Moss flashed his potential at the end of 2010 and received a second-chance with the Raiders in 2011. He's a liability versus the run and only occasionally would make an impact in the passing game.
LB Ricky Brown: $700,000 (estimated)
He's a special teams player the Raiders were familiar with. He'll have trouble finding work without the Raiders calling.
LB Quentin Groves: $800,000 (estimated)
Groves was quickly replaced with Aaron Curry in the starting lineup and played sparingly after that. He's not particularly good at any one thing and that hurt his chances. If he finds a place to play in 2013, it will be as a backup and on special teams.
LB Darryl Blackstock: $450,000 (estimated)
Bresnahan brought him in from the UFL. He's a veteran minimum player at best.
CB Lito Sheppard: $1 million (estimated)
$1 million is about the going rate for a veteran that can't find a job otherwise. Sheppard stuck around waiting for the Raiders to call for about six weeks of the season before they finally did and inserted him as starter quickly after.
FS Matt Giordano: $750,000 (estimated)
Giordano was an opportunistic interception machine, but he was poor in run support and was too often watching his coverage assignment score touchdowns.
SS Tyvon Branch: $6 million (estimated)
Branch isn't likely to get the $8 million per year contract Eric Weddle received last offseason, but he should get a nice payday. Branch was the only player on defense that was consistently doing his job and he too often was covering up for others' mistakes. He'll be even better if the rest of the secondary is doing their job and in a scheme that will feature him as a roving safety that can make plays on the ball.
SS Jerome Boyd: $450,000 (estimated)
Went back and forth between the practice squad as a hybrid linebacker. If he finds a job in 2012, it will be for a minimum salary.
DB Bryan McCann: $525,000 (estimated)
Did a really nice job filling in for Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore on kick and punt returns.
FB Marcel Reece: $1.417 million (second-round tender, estimated)
Reece is a versatile weapon on offense. His role should continue to be expanded and he may carry the ball more in 2012. It is highly unlikely a team would give up a second-round pick for Reece.
DE Desmond Bryant: $1.417 million (second-round tender, estimated)
When you think about the perfect rotational defensive lineman, it's Bryant. He can play any position on the defensive line. He always puts in the effort and he's had decent success getting to the quarterback. No team will give up a second-round pick for him and $1.5 million or so seems like fair compensation for the man from Harvard.