On the eve of free agency, the Oakland Raiders are only one day away from a very important free agency year. The team is flush with salary cap space and has a tremendous sense of urgency to win in 2014. That will start by being able to attract free agents to come to Oakland.
However, the question remains, how will the Raiders get free agents to come to Oakland? The team has not had a winning season since 2002 when they went to the Super Bowl. They have one of the least talented rosters in the NFL because of their salary cap mess the past few years as well as terrible past personnel decisions. It is a valid question and one the Raiders have a pitch for.
“Because they have an opportunity to be a part of something special,” head coach Dennis Allen said at the end of the season. “That’s the belief that we have, and hopefully that’s something that we can convince these free agents that are out there. We believe that we can build something special here. That’s what we get up every day with the anticipation of doing. That’s what brings us back to work every day, and we’re not ever going to stop doing that. We’ll be able to find guys that we feel like can come in and fit in and be part of what we’re trying to build here.”
Allen's pitch is probably not as important as the fact the Raiders have the most cap space in the NFL at around 65 million dollars. Money talks in the NFL and the Raiders have room to offer more than other teams. However, general manager Reggie McKenzie has proven in the past he is a prudent and frugal general manager when it comes to financial decisions. No team wants to only secure free agents by overspending. That won't happen on McKenzie's watch. They can make competitive offers, but there has to be more.
The more will be a great fan base combined with the ability to live in California. Along with Allen's pitch about getting into the organization that is looking to turn things around, the Raiders offer a rich history of winning. Their teams in the 1970's and 1980's were revered for the way they played the game. The Raiders have a lot to offer, it will just be finding the right players who appreciate that and getting them to come turn this around.
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