The Oakland Raiders have been a bad team for a long time –something I’ve pointed out with dutiful glee in the past. But a lot of people, myself included, may start have to eating crow if the Raiders can pull off a miraculous free agent haul that will instantly makes them competitive in a suddenly difficult AFC West.
ESPN.com Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez notes that the Raiders may take a run at Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji and will almost certainly make a run at Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
A little more high-priced than what I envision McKenzie doing, even with more than $60 million in cap space, but throw in the Packer factor of B.J. Raji, I can dig it. … I still see the Raiders making a run at Jared Allen as a defensive end, though, rather than the likes of Justin Tuck, Michael Bennett or Greg Hardy.
For all those that hate on the Raiders, a defensive line that has both Raji and Allen on it will shut a lot of people up — and shut a lot ...