The Raiders, with only two handfuls of returning starters, will have to be very active in free agency, which starts Tuesday.
Their activity just may not be on Tuesday.
Oakland first has to announce which of its prospective 17 unrestricted free agents it has re-signed - a short list. Guys like defensive tackle Richard Seymour and punter Shane Lechler are ready to move on (as is the team), on-the-rise players like defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and linebacker Philip Wheeler will probably see what's out on the open market, and others ... well, general manager Reggie McKenzie just lost their numbers.
Only for backup players such as running back Mike Goodson, cornerback Joselio Hanson and safety Mike Mitchell would a deal Tuesday make sense for both sides.
After lunch Tuesday, the Raiders will start trying to fill many roles for many holes. But with only $6 million under the salary cap ($13 million when they release defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and linebacker Rolando McClain), McKenzie won't exactly be knocking down the doors of top-tier free agents.
Here are five areas of need for a 4-12 team that could very well be worse next season:
Cornerback: McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen got rid of every cornerback in their first season. This year's not a whole lot better, but they could bring back restricted free agent Phillip Adams in a starting role, as well as Hanson and Brandian Ross. Michael Huff, who filled in admirably last season, is returning to free safety, so the Raiders need one, if not two, starting cornerbacks.


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