Fans of the Oakland Raiders have waited a long time to hear these words: Ladies and gentleman, free agency is officially underway.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is in a precarious position as he attempts to rescue this team from the depths of irrelevance. Thankfully, this offseason he'll have an estimated $63.7 million to lure free agents over to the Bay Area.
The quintessential blueprint for a successful offseason starts with bringing in marquee names who can help the Raiders compete from the moment they arrive at training camp. Addressing major positions of need, McKenzie will have to open up his checkbook and target some of the bigger fish swimming in the sea.
Aside from his goal to land household names, restoring a sense of depth to a depleted Raiders roster is just as important.
Going out and re-signing guys like Rashad Jennings, Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins and Charles Woodson—if both sides maintain a mutual interest—means the Raiders won't have to undergo another excessive amount of turnover heading into the 2014 season.
But what happens if that formula fails to come to fruition?
Ensuring the team has a solid fallback plan to rescue them in case of an emergency is needed.
Detailing some other valuable names hanging around the free-agent market, it's time to examine what that plan should look like.