The Raiders finally paid attention to offense in free agency.
Six years, $55 million, $16 million guaranteed: the sum reportedly going to be paid to Javon Walker.
Three years, $16 million: How much Kwame Harris will reportedly be paid by the Raiders.
If those figures hold up, one thing the Raiders canít be called is cheap.
But the Raiders can also be called gamblers.
Walker is a big upgrade IF his knee is fine. He missed eight games last season and tore his ACL in 2005.
Denver cut him in part to save paying him a bonus. If heís right, Walker is the Raiders' best receiver since Tim Brown in his prime (Jerry Rice was great, but that wasnít the best of Rice).
Walker would give the Raiders a legitmate No. 1 receiver with great size (6-3, 215) and speed.
He just needs to stay healthy.
Walker exiting Denver after two seasons might be good for his psyche, too.
In case you forgot, Walker was with late Denver cornerback Darrent Williams, when he was shot and killed. Williams died as Walker held him.
I wonít pretend to be a psychologist, but it couldnít have been easy to play last season following the tragedy.
As for Harris, the move across the Bay is a chance for redemption.
Labeled a disappointment in San Francisco, Harris will play for Tom Cable, who some would call a miracle worker.
Cable did an outstanding job with the Raiders' offensive line last season. Perhaps Harris will fulfill some of the promise he showed out of Stanford.
Heíd better. After all, heíll be charged with protecting another first overall draft pick, JaMarcus Russell.
If these gambles on offense donít pay off, Russell could be the most affected.
But you canít say the Raiders arenít trying.