Offseason Analysis: Oakland Raiders

Feb 18, 2009

Things sure have changed for the Raiders.  Instead of being the team that everyone loves to hate, they are the team that everyone loves to hate on.  They actually showed a little something at the end of the year winning their last last two games, including the game that eliminated Tampa Bay and sent Jon Gruden packing.  JaMarcus Russell played decent considering the lack of weapons.  Darren McFadden disappointed as a Rookie, but I expect him to make big strides in his second year.  Justin Fargas had a solid year, but I expect him to yield carries to Run DMC.  Michael Bush will likely be kept in the mix just because McFadden and Fargas are injury risks and his contract is minimal.  Besides a decent run game the Raiders have one of the best young Tight Ends in Zach Miller. Unfortunately for Miller, he doesn’t get much help.  Johnnie Lee Higgins is a solid return man and can stretch the field, but he’s not going to command a lot of attention.  Chaz Schilens showed some potential.  Javon Walker will l be back with the club because it will be difficult to release him because of the terms in his contract.  Ashlie Lelie won’t be back.  Ronald Curry probably has a 50/50 chance of being back.  After the Walker debacle don’t look for the Raiders to add a big time WR this offseason.  They have some free agents on their O-Line (C Jake Grove and G Cooper Carlisle).

On Defense the Raiders took care of one Cornerback spot by signing Chris Johnson to a multi-year deal.  They will likely slap the Franchise Tag on shutdown CB Nnamdi Asomugha.  Ricky Brown is a Restricted Free Agent and Rashad Baker is a Unresticted Free Agent, but I expect them both to come to terms with the Raiders.  There is a good chance S Michael Huff gets his walking papers.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
QB Marques Tuiasosopo UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
WR Drew Carter UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
WR Ashley Lelie UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
WR Johnnie Morant UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
TE Tony Stewart UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
TE Ben Troupe UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
P Shane Lechler UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
OG Cooper Carlisle UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
C Jake Grove UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
OL Chris Morris RFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
DL William Joseph UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
LB Jon Alston RFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
LB Ricky Brown RFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
LB Sam Williams UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
CB Nnamdi Asomugha UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
CB Chris X. Johnson Re-signed Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders
CB Justin Miller UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
CB Duane Starks UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
FS Rashad Baker UFA Oakland Raiders Free Agent
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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 18th, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    Money breakdown Lester’s! these guys can be a solid team, AL just needs to let the coaches do their jobs. still not sold on cable, but hey, that’s me right ;0

  2. LestersLegends
    February 18th, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Thanks. I hope they can turn it around.

  3. CK0712
    February 18th, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    i think they can, if AL leaves them alone & drama free this year! they’ve got the weapons in place, now if they can just play ball~

  4. LestersLegends
    February 18th, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    I’d like to see them win 6 or 7 this year. I think that would be a successful year for them.

  5. CK0712
    February 18th, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    dig it!

  6. CK0712
    February 19th, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    Asomugha’s $45.3M
    done today!

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