For the last eight years, Raider Nation has had a no fly zone in place for top free agents and coaches. Since being hired as the Raiders' head coach, Hue Jackson has lifted the no fly zone for free agents and coaches alike.
The Raiders had talent for a time with guys like Randy Moss, but the talent was entrusted to a bed 'n breakfast owner (Al Davis). Then Davis handed the keys to a kid (Lane Kiffin), and later an offensive line coach (Tom Cable) that had never even been a coordinator.
The talent might have been there at that but it amounted to nothing as a bust of a left tackle (Robert Gallery) and quarterback (JaMarcus Russell) still held the franchise back. Aside from the busts, the coaching was stellar as the kid couldn't get the respect of the players and the offensive line coach played favorites, making the offensive line worse.
The rest of the league looked at the dysfunction of the Raiders and must have thought, "can't go to Oakland until my last big contract in the league. I gotta try to win me a Super Bowl before I can go to a place like that."
But that is no longer the case.
Jackson was well respected around the league before entering Raider Nation so he was able to lift the no fly zone flag. Now, there are plenty of free agents on the Raiders' radar and there are many possibilities for the Raiders this offseason.
Turn the page to see how this came to be and who these players on the radar are.