Oakland Raiders: Latest Free-Agency News and Rumors

Two important dates are quickly approaching. March 2 is the deadline for teams intending on using their franchise tags, and March 10 free agency officially begins.

Currently, the Oakland Raiders are on the radar of a few impact players if they aren’t designated with the franchise tag or re-signed by their respective teams. Oakland also has a major decision to make on one of its own.

General manager Reggie McKenzie has already stated to CSNBayArea.com reporter Scott Bair, that he wants to sign some impact free agents this year. McKenzie said:

Last year, I felt like we need more role players, more backups. We needed to upgrade so much. Now, we’re looking for guys who can come in and make a real impact. I’m looking for less volume this time around. I don’t need as many backup-type players. We’re going to go after some real players.

McKenzie must be judicious with free-agent spending. Top-tier players will likely use Oakland’s $49.73 million cap space, per Spotrac, as leverage for higher wages.

If the Raiders want to elevate expectations and make a run for the playoffs, they will start with making at least two key signings with implications of bringing immediate impact for the 2015 season.

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