The Oakland Raiders have 17 players that will be unrestricted free agents when the new league year starts March 12. Unfortunately, having 17 free agents is not the only issue facing Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen this offseason.
McKenzie and Allen are facing another year of taking on a lot of dead money with the idea that things will ease up in 2014. There are still outstanding bad contracts to shed from the team’s recent past. The Raiders will also have all of their draft picks in 2014 and the true healing can begin.
As frustrating as it has been for Raider Nation, it’s really unfair to judge the work of McKenzie and Allen until after the 2014 season. The Raiders haven’t had many draft picks and have been stuck with overpaid and underperforming players.
There is a clear path to becoming a great team again, and it starts with cutting the dead weight.