The Raiders made some positive strides on the field last season and General Manager Reggie McKenzie says that helped them land guard Kelechi Osemele, linebacker Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith early in free agency.
Having the cap space to offer them all lucrative contracts certainly didn’t hurt, but McKenzie believes that “people can see what we’re doing” and want to be a part of the Raiders. He said it’s “good to see people call us and not always have to beg” and said that the team isn’t done making moves to bolster the roster before what they hope is the first winning season in Oakland since 2002.
“This thing will probably go through the draft,” McKenzie said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “You never know when guys are ready to sign. There are still guys getting released. We’re always going to be attacking. If we see someone that can help, we’re going after him.”
Repeating the four-win jump that the Raiders made last season won’t be easy, but being better than they were in 2015 shouldn’t be out of reach for a Raider team that’s steadily improved the talent base since McKenzie came on board in 2012.