Offseason Blueprint: Raiders
Oakland's projected lineup, cap situation, free-agent and draft targets
KC Joyner, Todd McShay, Field Yates | ESPN Insider
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With the 2014 NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror and free agency about to begin, Insider's experts have produced the Offseason Blueprint for all 32 teams. Included are each team's offseason priorities, projected lineup, draft and free-agency targets, cap situation and much more.
This is the Offseason Blueprint for the Oakland Raiders.
What management's to-do list should include this offseason.
1. With no barriers to improvement for Oakland via the cap or the draft in 2014, it's time for general manager Reggie McKenzie to make his move. The question is whether his team is enough of a draw to potential free agents.
3. Secure some competency on the offensive line. It would be smart to re-sign left tackle Jared Veldheer, then work to get '13 second-round draft pick Menelik Watson to make the jump from Year 1 to Year 2 and take over the starting job at right tackle. They need to find stopgap value at guard in free agency while drafting interior players for further development. Additionally, find a way to get into position to draft a receiver who is capable of being at least a No. 2.
4. Try to re-sign unrestricted free agent Lamarr Houston, but I would not pay a premium if he wants more than he can get on the open market to stay. If they don't take a QB, they should get into position to take one of the three pass-rushers in the draft who can win one-on-one in the first round, which could mean being able to trade back and pick up more picks.
A look at 2014 locks and question marks in the lineup.
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