Even though a wealth of salary-cap space will have the Oakland Raiders quite active on the free-agent market, that money will first be used to re-sign their own players with expiring contracts—several of which represent the Raiders’ best and most talented players.
Getting them signed before the new league year will be key to the team’s short- and long-term success.
As is the case with any offseason, there will be some players that need to be let go, but possibly not as many as most would assume at first.
When a team needs to add as much talent as the Raiders do in a short period of time, it should lean toward bringing back more players than it lets go—if for nothing else than to build quality depth behind any possible starters that are later brought in.
Here is a breakdown of the Raiders’ options for their own 2014 free agents.