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  1. 2019 Free Agency V2

    I'm laughing because they're all actually available. Crying because it's sadly true. #lifeinraidernation To think that Te'o, Marshall, Lynch, and Marsh would actually be an "upgrade" is physically painful.
  2. 2019 Free Agency V2

    Marshall, Te'o, Lynch would all be massive upgrades, even if playing at 1/2 of their potential.
  3. 2019 Free Agency V2

    Blanket statements are made for blanket issues. What I would have done differently though: Got Brown, no need to overpay a WR as we already had Brown, Jordy, Draft Pick. Plenty of reliable, cheaper options at WR still out there to round out the WR corps, and we signed JJ Nelson. Tyrell was a luxury expenditure while numerous positions of need were still on the table. Either Preston Smith or Z'Darius Smith would've been solid gets if we wanted to spend big. Golden went dirt cheap. Shaq Barrett went dirt cheap. Are Golden and Barrett "just guys"? Maybe. But if they're just guys, Josh Mauro is? There are other guys that could be worth looking at, if only to fill needs on the front seven, that come fairly cheap- Datone Jones, Danny Shelton. Allen Bailey and Justin Houston could still be a bit pricier options as well. Serviceable linebackers (which we absolutely do not have) such as Jake Ryan went for cheap as well. Brandon Marshall, Jamie Collins, Zach Brown all would be upgrades and are still available, yet I've heard very little (again) from the Raiders regarding Linebackers. Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett may not set the world on fire, but they're both upgrades to our overall CB unit. They went cheap as well. Joyner was far too expensive, in my opinion. I think there were equitable fits and talent levels out there that wouldn't have cost >$10m/yr: Illoka, Boston, HaHa All of the guys listed throughout here (and more) fill needs we had coming into FA. Most of those that already signed elsewhere went for cheap. The majority are still available, but are starting to scratch the bottom of the barrel in terms of talent level if we're being candid. You say you don't want to overspend, but that is exactly what we did anyway with Joyner and Williams (other S's available, we had Jordy), and now we're stuck reaching for guys to plug the front-7, hoping that draft picks (Hello, Mario Edwards, Eddie Vanderdoes, Jihad Ward, Shilique Calhoun) can fill those gaps even remotely effectively. It's simple economics: we overspent on WR, where there is a fairly robust market both in FA and the Draft, and ignored our greatest needs, which coincidentally have a fairly weak market. The draft is extremely top heavy with LBs and DEs, but if we're being realistic, we have a shot at 1, maybe 2, of them. The talent level at EDGE, DT, DE, and LB falls off dramatically much quicker than that of the WR class. We backed ourselves into a corner where the only way out is more mediocrity. It is what it is, sure, but the problem is that it didn't HAVE to be.
  4. 2019 Free Agency V2

    This is my concern as well. We've had at least serviceable offenses numerous times. Our D has been consistently bad, and the few good players we've had have been sent packing. While I'm not entirely unhappy with the way FA has gone, we've yet again put ourselves in a position where we spent high on shiny offensive toys and are hoping that stop gap level talent on D will suffice. WR was a need, yes. Did we absolutely need Antonio Brown? No, but I won't complain. Tyrell Williams was a nice get, but did we need him? Probably not. Brown-Williams-Nelson would have been a nice trio, but we axed Nelson. Brown is a special talent to be sure. Williams is not. The draft is full of some pretty good recievers that could be landed on day 2. Brown-Nelson-Day 2 pick would have easily sufficed and not tied up as much money. Going after pricey WRs in FA wasn't necessary. Our true needs- D-Line and LB aren't as deep in this class outside of the first round. We could have used some hot proven commodities there from FA and been in a much better spot. We absolutely cannot go into another year with our front seven being as absolutely terrible as they were last year, yet we're arguably going in with even less than last year. Making matters worse, Gruden has never been a draft and develop guy on D. Having a bunch of draft picks only works if they're used intelligently. Looking at last year's picks....I don't see how it gets better, given some of the obvious needs and how we blatantly ignored them. We spent on luxury and now need to crush the draft on D. Any time you "need" to crush 1, much less 2 drafts, to expect to be competitive, you've already lost.
  5. 2019 Free Agency V2

    It's also what we have been saying every season for years. The Raiders have got to have a short term plan as well as a long term. This nonsense about "now it's a 2 year rebuild/retool" is how we got so terrible to begin with. We spend year after year heading into the draft talking about "if we can hit this year and next" every single year. First it was Reggie is a cap genius, don't question him! All that cap and 1 winning season to show for it, and a team with more holes than a pasta strainer. While I totally agree that simply being competitive would be an improvement this year, we've got to expect more eventually. And this team's amazing ability to ignore the deficiencies on the front seven in favor of a bunch of shiny offensive players, especially with Gruden as head coach, isn't going to lead to that. Just ask Tampa.
  6. 2019 Free Agency V2

    Coleman and Ware would be my top picks outside of bringing Lynch back. I get the feeling LA isn't going to let Anderson get away (I can't believe we did). I wouldn't mind Blount on a cheap 1 year deal. He's not the best, but I don't think he was a good fit in Detroit. Ajayi, if healthy, would've been my top choice. But his knees make Bradford's look bionic at this point. I'd bite if he could come in cheap though. Yeldon could be intriguing, but I'd rather sign someone better. I think Yeldon is commiserate with enough guys in the draft to opt for someone in the later rounds. Frankly, I'd try and sign 2 of Coleman/Ware/Lynch and Blount/Ajayi. As far as the draft goes, I'd target Love, Holyfield, and/or Mattison late. For various reasons, I doubt any of the 3 test out great in the predraft process, but I like all 3 on tape.
  7. 2019 Free Agency V2

    In a division with Gordon, Lindsay/Freeman, Mahomes, and the Chiefs running scheme, it would be ignorant for us to ignore run D. That being said, I don't think I want money spent on a run defender on the D-line with this draft class and what our needs are.
  8. Suspended FA DT David Irving Quits NFL

    This is comical, really. Or absurd. I can't decide. At least Ricky Williams was classy/entertaining about it? This guy just shows how astonishingly ignorant some athletes are when it comes to just how good they have it. They get to live in a world of millions and have very little understanding of the value of that. How some people can't bring themselves to leave whatever sketchy side hobbies they might have behind for that kind of money is beyond me.
  9. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    I mean, I get skeptical of FA's with a long injury history too. But there are some no-brainers. Aaron Rodgers has a pretty extensive injury history, but I'd take him in a heartbeat......
  10. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    So we're going to be the Browns. Great 🤦‍♂️
  11. 2019 NFL Draft V3

    A rookie QB, RB, WR3, and T. A diva WR1. A past-his-prime WR2. A 2nd year T who graded out fairly poorly. I think it's more appropriate to say this would be one of the worst offenses in the league by a mile.
  12. 2019 NFL Draft V3

    🤢 That's a recipe for another decade of deficiency.
  13. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    I'm hoping we go with one of the top WRs with one of the later 1st rounders or in the latter part of the 2nd. Preferably Harry. Say we plan on addressing our need for a #1 WR in the draft, who are some lower tier complementary guys you'd like to target? After Bryant became a wasted pick for us last year, I don't want to trade for anyone, including AB. I wouldn't mind looking at a guy like Jermaine Kearse, Rishard Matthews, or Justin Hardy as a #3-4 type, depending on what they want money wise.

    No way I'd take Murray over Rosen. Nothing against him, but 1 year wonders always scare me a bit. He also comes from a system that is ridiculously QB friendly in a conference that is known for porous defenses. I get that everyone wants to cash in on the "next" Mayfield, but this just seems like Arizona is tempting disaster. The biggest justification I've seen has been Rosen's rough year. Goff, anyone? My opinion is that Arizona moves Rosen, and their rebuild gets set back even further when Murray doesn't pan out.
  15. 2019 Free Agency Thread

    Where's Al when we need him?