The Raiders were hamstrung by salary cap restraints but new general manager Reggie McKenzie still found a way to improve his pass rush (ex-New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson) and offensive line (ex-Houston right guard Mike Brisiel). Four veteran cornerbacks were added to the secondary following the release of Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson. Significant losses:
The size of Kamerion Wimbley’s contract forced McKenzie to cut ties with his team’s best pass rusher. Running back Michael Bush (Cincinnati), tight end Kevin Boss (Kansas City) and quarterback Jason Campbell (Chicago) now have new homes. To replace Bush as Darren McFadden’s backup, Oakland acquired Mike Goodson from Carolina for reserve offensive lineman Bruce Campbell. Top draft need:
The Raiders could use help at tight end, safety, and along the offensive and defensive lines but McKenzie isn’t dealing with a full selection of picks. Oakland won’t have its original first-, second-, third-, fourth- or seventh-round choices because of prior transactions. Analysis:
McKenzie knew he was inheriting a mess when hired so the offseason difficulties in upgrading the roster are understandable. Grade:
C+- Alex Marvez
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