There is something to be said for building through the draft. It is a sound strategy for stability and gives coaches time to really develop a player. However, with fans and owners wanting to win now waiting for a guy to get up to NFL-speed is not always an option.
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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Due to some pretty poor front office decisions the Oakland Raiders are going to be strapped for cash for the 2013 season. Of the $123 million salary cap that the Raiders have to spend on talent just over 40 percent of it is going to go to talent on other teams (and guys not even in the NFL anymore).
The Raiders have an incredible $49.6 million in dead money being applied to this year's cap (dead...