For the third year in a row the Oakland Raiders are in the top five in cap space to spend for free agency. Some notable pick-ups last season include; Rodney Hudson, Michael Crabtree, and Malcolm Smith. With over $70 million to spend, lets see who some possible targets could be.
Kelechi is a premier guard in the NFL. His play has gotten him recognized by the many NFL analysts as he is considered the top offensive lineman on the market by NFL.com.
Osemele fits the exact mold of what Reggie Mckenzie has been looking for each and every offseason. He is young, versatile, and extremely athletic. The only reason that the Ravens aren’t re-signing him is because the simply don’t have enough cap space to do it.
Rumors have been circulating that Osemele wants a contract worth roughly $10 million a year, and with the amount of money the Raiders have this season I don’t see that being a problem.
The Raiders need a lot of help in the secondary, so getting a quality corner like Jenkins would be a good place to start. Jenkins has been a corner that has improved each year in the NFL. Him and Trumaine Johnson both did good jobs in the Rams secondary this season, but the fact that the Rams franchised Johnson over Jenkins may say a little about how the organization feels about him.
Jenkins is not a true number one corner, but he is more than capable of holding his own when out there on the field. It was rumored that Jenkins wanted a contract worth $8 million a year, and with him being possibly the best corner on the market, someone is going to pay him.
The Raiders should seriously consider making a run at Jenkins in free agency. He wouldn’t solve all of there secondary problems, but he would certainly help.
The Raiders just lost quite possibly one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game in Charles Woodson, so whoever his replacement is, he’ll have some big shoes to fill.
I am a fan of Iloka. He is a skilled safety in pass coverage and with a height of 6-4 is extremely athletic. Getting a guy like Iloka is beneficial in a couple of ways; he is young, not labeled as the best safety in free agency so Reggie could save a few bucks, and he is more than capable of covering tight ends something the Raiders had problems with all last season.
The Raiders have been spending big money on a players here and there, but this offseason I fully expect Mckenzie to pull out all the stops in order to get the players he wants.