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Despite countless attempts, the Raiders have not been able to get solid and consistent play out of their quarterback spot since Rich Gannon retired prior to the 2005 season.
As such, they will almost certainly look to add a young quarterback in the draft this spring, but with Reggie McKenzie’s preference to have such a player sit for the early stages of his development, an established veteran becomes a need as well.
After Jay Cutler re-signed with Chicago, the quarterback market became significantly weaker, but several players should interest the Raiders.
Quite possibly the one of most interest will be former Bucs and Vikings quarterback, Josh Freeman.
Of course, Freeman is coming off of a difficult few seasons, where his play in Tampa Bay went downhill fast, and he wasn’t able to get back on the field after a tough first start in Minnesota.
Even so, he is still a young player at just 26 years old, and has showcased plenty of natural talent in his career thus far.
Reuniting him with offensive coordinator Greg Olson, whom Freeman had his best seasons under in Tampa Bay, could be a best-case scenario for both sides.
The hope would be that Freeman could provide a bridge to a quarterback added in the middle rounds of the draft, but the Raiders would certainly not be opposed to him recapturing the potential he once showed and earning the starting role moving forward as a result.