The Oakland Raiders are not in a great salary-cap situation until next year, and they have 24 free agents in 2013—17 unrestricted and free to sign with any team.
At a minimum, general manager Reggie McKenzie has to re-sign or replace over a third of the roster with limited resources.
If you were wondering why the Raiders couldn’t attract a top offensive coordinator, look no further than a depleted roster with limited resources to replenish it.
The Raiders are rebuilding and that takes time. The team mortgaged the future for years just trying to win a few extra games, and that era is now over.
The new era has had a rocky start, and unfortunately the Raiders will have to be extremely selective about what free agents they bring back in 2012. In some cases the Raiders may not be able to bring back a quality free agent even if that's what they want to do.
Which of Oakland’s 24 free agents will return in 2013? That’s up to McKenzie, but that won’t stop us from trying to figure it out on our own.