That's what free agency is for; a chance to grab proven talent to fill the holes on your roster. The Oakland Raiders could use some help if they are going to become respectable this season, but as luck--bad luck--would have it they don't appear to be in a position to afford anyone.
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The Raiders have an incredible $49.6 million in dead money being applied to this year's cap (dead money refers to money guaranteed/owed to players that no longer play for the team).
Bad decisions are going to happen. It is hard to know if a guy just had one great season or if he had his breakout year. It is also just as tough to know if a college player is going to be just as good in the NFL as in college.
But $49.6 million in bad decisions? Ouch!
Luckily the team was able to make a trade for what could be the quarterback of the future in Matt Flynn. Darren McFadden is one of the better running backs in the league (when healthy) and there is a lot of potential in wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore.
If the offense could actually take some pressure of the defense than the scoreboard might be in their favor at the end of games more often than not.
So even with 40 percent of their salary cap going to guys not on the team there is hope for the Oakland Raiders. The road to success is just going to be a bit tougher.