The Oakland Raiders are staying quiet about their interest in potential free agents, but that hasn't kept a few players from expressing a desire to play for them.
Given the Raiders' salary cap situation, the first order of business will be signing franchise player Tyvon Branch to a long-term deal.
There have been no shortage of rumored targets—mostly veterans looking for a team that gives them the most opportunity. The Raiders are an attractive option to those veterans because the new regime in Oakland will be evaluating every position, and few jobs are safe.
At this stage of free agency, just about every player left on the market comes with his own set of pros and cons. The Raiders have to weigh the pros and cons to determine if a player is worth bringing in and at what cost.
The challenge for any organization is seeing if a player's cons can be disguised by scheme, addressed with a life coach or corrected entirely with teaching. It's all part of putting the player in the best position to make a play and is something we will examine for every rumored free-agent target.