FREE AGENCY HAS STARTED!!!!!!
OK, calm down.
Here are some things the Raiders need to do this time around.
*Do not overspend for a wide receiver:
The Raiders have young players that showed promise in Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens. Could the team use help? Sure. But there isn't a "No. 1" receiver available this year or anyone worth top-receiver money.
*Don't overspend to add help on the offensive line: The top-2 tackles - LT Jordan Gross (Carolina) and RT Vernon Carey (Miami) re-signed with their teams. Pittsburgh put the franchise tag on Max Starks. With the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, the Raiders should be able to land a quality prospect at tackle. The Raiders need help at guard with Cooper Carlisle a free agent, too. But history has shown a team that relies on a zone-blocking scheme doesn't need to spend a lot to find linemen who can be successful.
*Look for help at tight end: A tight end that could help in pass blocking and free up Zach Miller would be good. If he has good hands, it would also give the offense more flexibility.
*Re-sign their own key players: Restricted free agent LBs Ricky Brown and LB Jon Alston both signed qualifying offers today.
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba and C Jake Grove are unrestricted free agents the Raiders need to seriously consider bringing back, too.