The Oakland Raiders were one of the busiest teams during the NFL free agency period, with signings that include key backup positions, brand new starters and even a former Super Bowl MVP.
Oakland vastly improved their defense through free agent signings. Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith leads the group of names, making an immediate impact in the secondary. Safety Nate Allen will join him from Philadelphia, along with Curtis Lofton, a young, talented linebacker who was recently with New Orleans. To wrap up the defensive additions, defensive tackle Dan Williams.
The offense has moved on from the short stint of running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield, and is rolling with Roy Helu, Jr. and Trent Richardson, who had a lackluster stint with Indianapolis. On the offensive line, the Raiders most recently signed tackle J’Marcus Webb and center Rodney Hudson to help protect their franchise quarterback, Derek Carr.
Along with Jones-Drew, the Raiders parted ways with linebacker LaMarr Woodley and defensive tackle Antonio Smith.
Lastly, the Raiders resigned defensive end C.J. Wilson.
The Raiders have an exciting pick in the 2015 NFL Draft with the No. 4 pick overall. Projections have the team selecting a premier wide receiver, either West Virginia’s Kevin White or Alabama’s Amari Cooper. Either pick will give Carr a go-to wide receiver right away.
Raiders tickets prices may explode if the team gets back to glory. The ‘Black Hole’ has been craving a winner, and seemed to get on board with the second half success of the team last season. If Carr turns out to be their franchise guy, which is looking likely, this team has a lot of talent that can help the franchise turn the corner.
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The Oakland Raiders have not made the postseason since 2002, but there is a ton of positive vibes heading into 2015. The front office brought in veteran talent to go with some of the young talent already on the roster. The fans and franchise alike expect a postseason appearance within the next two seasons.