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Divisional Rival History:
The Raiders swept the Broncos in 2010, winning the two matchups by a combined score of 98-37. Oakland triumphed again in the opener this year, but Tebow Time did them in later on.
Kansas City Chiefs:
The road team has somehow won nine of the previous 10 meetings. Aren't Arrowhead and the Black Hole supposed to be intimidating places to play?
San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers won 13 in a row in this rivalry prior to 2010. The Raiders have won three of four since, but the one loss knocked them out of the playoffs this past year.
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2012 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Oakland Raiders Free Agents:
Mike Brisiel, G, Texans. Age: 29.
Signed with Raiders (5 years, $20 million)
Mike Brisiel is a solid guard in a zone-blocking scheme. He pass protects well, though penalties are an issue.
Ronald Bartell, CB, Rams. Age: 31.
Signed with Raiders (1 year, $3 million)
Ronald Bartell can be a decent cornerback when healthy, but he missed all but one game last year with a neck injury. He's a health risk, but he's been cleared by the doctors. He's worth a shot.
Phillip Wheeler, OLB, Colts. Age: 27.
Signed with Raiders (1 year)
Phillip Wheeler is a pretty solid two-down weakside linebacker who thrives in run support. The Colts should re-sign him.
- Shawntae Spencer, CB, 49ers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Raiders
- Dave Tollefson, DE, Giants. Age: 30. -- Signed with Raiders (2 years, $2.5 million)
- Matt Leinart, QB, Texans. Age: 29. -- Signed with Raiders
- Owen Schmitt, FB, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Raiders
- Patrick Lee, CB, Packers. Age: 28. -- Signed with Raiders (1 year)
2012 NFL Draft Grade: C
Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft:
Marcel Reece (RFA), FB, Raiders. Age: 27.
Tendered by Raiders
Marcel "Matchup Nightmare" Reece is one of the top fullbacks in the NFL. He does everything really well.
Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans (5 years, $35 million)
Kamerion Wimbley, a perfect fit for either the 4-3 or 3-4, has 16 sacks in the past two years. He's also a force against the run.
Tyvon Branch, SS, Raiders. Age: 25.
Franchised by Raiders
Tyvon Branch is a talented strong safety who has many good years left ahead of him. The Raiders can't afford to let him get away.
Michael Bush, RB, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Bears (4 years, $14 million)
Michael Bush will be overrated on the market. He wore down as the season went along, and he didn't even start the whole year or anything. That's a big red flag.
Samson Satele, C, Raiders. Age: 27.
Signed with Colts
Samson Satele missed one game with a concussion last year, but otherwise had another solid season.
Stanford Routt, CB, Raiders. Age: 29.
Signed with Chiefs (3 years, $19.6 million; $4 million signing bonus)
One of the most overrated players in the NFL, Stanford Routt is often discussed as a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback, but he definitely shouldn't be. Routt has good coverage skills, but is often penalized. He was whistled for 17 infractions in 2011 alone (it easily could have been a lot more), which led all players at his position.
Jason Campbell, QB, Raiders. Age: 30.
Signed with Bears
Look up the definition of mediocre in the dictionary, and you'll probably find a picture of Jason Campbell. Campbell has been really consistent in his two years with the Raiders, completing about 60 percent of his passes and throwing slightly more touchdowns than interceptions.
Desmond Bryant (RFA), DE/DT, Raiders. Age: 26.
Tendered by Raiders
Desmond Bryant is pretty good in run support. He has the versatility to play in any defense.
John Henderson, DT, Raiders. Age: 33.
John Henderson is a force versus ground attacks, but he'll be lucky to get two sacks in a season.
Kevin Boss, TE, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Chiefs (3 years, $9 million)
Kevin Boss is a decent end zone target (16 TDs last three years with Giants) and a solid blocker.
- Chris Johnson, CB, Raiders. Age: 32.
- Trevor Scott, DE, Raiders. Age: 28. -- Signed with Patriots (1 year)
- Jarvis Moss, DE, Raiders. Age: 28.
- Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Raiders. Age: 28. -- Signed with Cardinals
- Cooper Carlisle, G, Raiders. Age: 35. -- Re-signed with Raiders
- Khalif Barnes, OT, Raiders. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Raiders
- Lito Sheppard, CB, Raiders. Age: 31.
- Stephon Heyer, OT, Raiders. Age: 28. -- Signed with Jets
- Darryl Blackstock, ILB, Raiders. Age: 29.
- Chaz Schilens, WR, Raiders. Age: 26. -- Signed with Jets
- Matt Giordano, S, Raiders. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Raiders
- Hiram Eugene, S, Raiders. Age: 31.
- Rock Cartwright, RB, Raiders. Age: 32. -- Signed with 49ers (1 year)
- T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Raiders. Age: 34.
- Kyle Boller, QB, Raiders. Age: 31.
The Raiders don't draft until the final pick of the third round, so all they can do is acquire depth and hope some of their selections turn out to be starters.
2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments:
It's difficult to grade this draft because Oakland didn't pick until No. 95. I did like what the Raiders were able to do with some of their selections. They obtained two promising pass-rushers in Miles Burris and Jack Crawford, acquired a versatile lineman in Tony Bergstrom, and found a fifth-round steal in Juron Criner.
The Raiders' trades must be factored into this grade. Carson Palmer's longevity is a concern, given how many injuries he's sustained over his career. Terrelle Pryor, meanwhile, was widely considered a reach with a third-round supplemental selection. The second was used to take Joseph Barksdale and Taiwan Jones, but it's still not clear how they'll pan out.
2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
95. Tony Bergstrom, OT/G, Utah: B Grade
The Raiders needed help on the offensive line. Tony Bergstrom, who can play multiple positions up front, definitely fits the range. He's also good for Oakland's scheme.
129. Miles Burris, DE/OLB, San Diego State: B- Grade
Miles Burris was a fifth-round prospect, but this is close enough to his range. The Raiders lost some pass-rushers in free agency, so they had to find some replacements.
158. Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State: B+ Grade
I had a strong feeling the Raiders would draft Jack Crawford. They really liked him as a fifth-round prospect - this is the exact correct range for him - and as I wrote earlier, they had to find multiple pass-rushers this weekend.
168. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona: A Grade
Juron Criner could have easily been picked on Friday. He was No. 95 on the consensus board. The Raiders don't really need a receiver, but you can't go wrong with this sort of value.
189. Christo Bulukidi, DT, Georgia State: D Grade
Georgia State's first drafted player! The Panthers are coming into Division 1-A, so this is nice for them. However, he's No. 752 on the consensus board. I don't know if anyone else would have selected him.
230. Nathan Stupar, LB, Penn State: B- Grade
The Raiders love their Penn Staters. Nathan Stupar was set to be a priority UDFA, so taking him in the middle of Round 7 isn't so bad. There would have been better selections, however.
When Hue Jackson made that emotional speech after beating the Texans a few days following Al Davis' death, who would have thought that he would be fired a couple of months later? But that's the Raiders for you. Al is gone, but the madness continues.
Raiders sign FB Owen Schmitt
Raiders sign OT Ed Wang
Raiders sign QB Matt Leinart
Raiders sign WR Duke Calhoun
Raiders re-sign S Matt Giordano
Raiders sign DE Dave Tollefson
Raiders sign LB Philip Wheeler
Raiders acquire RB Mike Goodson from Panthers for OT/G Bruce Campbell
Raiders announce retirement of DT John Henderson
Bears sign RB Michael Bush
Raiders re-sign OT Khalif Barnes
Raiders sign CB Patrick Lee
Colts sign C Samson Satele
Titans sign DE Kamerion Wimbley
Raiders re-sign G Cooper Carlisle
Raiders sign CB Shawntae Spencer
Patriots sign DE Trevor Scott
Raiders sign CB Ronald Bartell
Raiders sign G Mike Brisiel
Jets sign WR Chaz Schilens
Chiefs sign TE Kevin Boss
49ers sign RB Rock Cartwright
Raiders cut DT John Henderson
Raiders cut G Cooper Carlisle
Bears sign QB Jason Campbell
Raiders cut DE/OLB Kamerion Wimbley
Raiders tender FB Marcel Reece
Raiders tender DE/DT Desmond Bryant
Raiders cut TE Kevin Boss
Raiders cut CB Chris Johnson
Raiders cut S Hiram Eugene
Raiders franchise S Tyvon Branch
Chiefs sign CB Stanford Routt
Raiders cut CB Stanford Routt
- Nose Tackle: The Raiders will be moving to a 3-4 defense. What they need most is a nose tackle who can stuff the run. There will be plenty of those available in free agency.
- Two Rush Linebackers: Kamerion Wimbley has been released, and Oakland already didn't have anyone capable of starting on the other side. Matt Shaughnessy doesn't project well into the 3-4. Drafted Miles Burris and Jack Crawford
- Two Interior Linemen: Center Samson Satele is a free agent. If he's not retained, Stefen Wisniewski could slide into his spot, with Bruce Campbell taking over at left guard. In that case, the Raiders would need to bring in a guard to compete with Campbell. On the other side, Cooper Carlisle, 35 in August, isn't the player he once was. Signed Mike Brisiel; re-signed Cooper Carlisle
- Two Cornerbacks: Stanford Routt has been cut. Chris Johnson probably won't be back next year. The Raiders cannot have someone like Lito Sheppard playing tons of snaps next season. Signed Ronald Bartell, Shawntae Spencer and Patrick Lee
- Right Tackle: Khalif Barnes will be hitting the market in March, but that's not an issue because he stinks. The Raiders may want to bring in a veteran to compete with Joseph Barksdale for the position. Drafted Tony Bergstrom; re-signed Khalif Barnes; signed Ed Wang
- Strong Safety: Tyvon Branch is a key free agent who will need to be re-signed. Michael Mitchell was predictably awful when on the field in 2011. Franchised Tyvon Branch
- Tight End: The Raiders signed Kevin Boss to a big contract last offseason. They just cut him recently.
- Inside Linebacker Depth: The Raiders are currently thin behind Rolando McClain and Aaron Curry at inside linebacker. Signed Philip Wheeler
- Defensive End Depth: Oakland will need defensive end depth behind Lamarr Houston and Richard Seymour in their new defense. Signed Dave Tollefson
- Running Back: Michael Bush is a free agent. If he leaves, a capable power runner will be needed. Signed Mike Goodson
2012 Oakland Raiders Analysis: The Raiders have lost too much personnel, both in the front office and on the field, to contend for the divisional crown in 2012. In fact, they could have one of the worst records in the league if Carson Palmer regresses and Darren McFadden spends most of the year on the sidelines.
The future is much more important for the Raiders than the present. For Oakland to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, it'll have to rebuild wisely and maintain some continuity. Thus, unless he proves himself to be completely inept, Dennis Allen should be given a chance even if he has two consecutive bad seasons. The Raiders need stability more than anything.
Projection: 5-11 (4th in AFC West)
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