Reggie McKenzie encouraged by younger free agent class

AP

The Raiders have been aggressive in free agency before.

They’re hoping this time it actually works.

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said he’s enthusiastic about his early haul in free agency, even if it came without the kind of skill position upgrades he needed or a star such as Ndamukong Suh.

We feel really good about them,” McKenzie said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “We had a plan. Every year, we go after a lot of guys. You’re not going to get them all. Our intent was to go after them hard and heavy, and we were able to add a whole lot of guys that we really like. We feel really good about the guys we were able to add.”

The Raiders mostly were able to strengthen up the middle, with center Rodney Hudson, linebacker Curtis Lofton and defensive tackle Dan Williams, along with safety Nate Allen.

They also put an emphasis on guys with upside, as opposed to past classes of older free agents. None of the players McKenzie has signed this offseason is over 28.

“We wanted guys entering their prime who can give us a few years,” McKenzie said. “We felt like, with the leadership we have now, we could just add to the roster. Last year, we felt like we didn’t have leadership. We got guys who had played some years and they were able to help our younger guys. We feel like we grew from that. We continue to add some young players. We wanted to inject some starter-type guys who can help us try to win some ball games.”

If nothing else, the moves clear the way for the Raiders to use the No. 4 overall pick a wide receiver who can add life to the offense, as the bulk spending has checked off many boxes but not that one.

37 responses to “Reggie McKenzie encouraged by younger free agent class

  1. Same Old Raidas. new Coach and Players will have the same result. Fast Forward 2 years and they will be hiring a new coach and trying to “Turn it Around”, Again.

  2. Prove me wrong, big reg, because I am not feeling the positive vibe. Go grab one of those WR’s that are still free agents so we are not tied to drafting a WR with our first pick. That we, if one of the top defensive linemen are available, at least we can make a choice based on the best available player and not a position of desperate need.

  3. I personally like what Reggie has done. I guarantee that he didn’t sign anyone that Jack didn’t want or ask for. And, if you listen to the entire interview (on raiders.com), you’ll hear that he did go after the high profile guys (Suh, Cobb, etc…) but they didn’t want to come to the Raiders. It takes two…

    Ultimately, targeting guys ‘still in their prime’, he’s added depth and competition. For sure Hudson, Lofton, Allen, and Williams are starters – better than any we had last year at their respective positions. True, they’re not ‘superstars’, ala Suh, but they are quality depth.

    Raider fans (and I am a 40 year fan) need to relax about the big names and let this play out. I know it has been a long time since the team had a winning record, but even Sir Charles (raiders.com) sees progress being made.

    If we have another good draft (we got five starters out of last year’s haul: Mack, Carr, Carrie, Jackson, Jelly), and get Carr some great weapons, this team will be on the rise and competitive for a very long time.

  4. Reggie McKenzie has done what exactly. Continue to miss on Free Agents and pick another failure for a HC.

    Who is going to be the GM in 2016 cause it won’t be Reggie?

  5. The Oakland team did well building up the trenches now it’s time for some flash in the draft at #4.

  6. It’s like DeJa Vu every year….a bad team goes out and over spends, the media anoits them the winner and they still stink.

    The Bucs, the Skins and the you name its win every year and lose on the field every year. The Raiders tried it for a while and we’ve had 2 good seasons in 10.

    So Reggie goes out and gets core players while refusing to overspend and wants to build thru the draft like…say the perrenial winning Packers or Patriots or Seahawks and we as fan feel he isn’t doing a good job?

    I say he’s doing a dam fine job and he’s sticking to a plan…yes he has one…that he laid out in the VERY beginning. I want core Raiders that we can keep for life, not overpaid to get them here guys looking for a paycheck. Sign a Revis or Suh when he’s the last piece not one of the first. It’s NEVER worked that way in the NFL. Ever.

  7. Reggie is doing a solid job, and being responsible with the budget. He looked for leaders last year in free agency – Justin Tuck accepted that challenge and flourished. I think the plan is sound and has been proven over time. The fans complaining about not spending the money on big contracts as soon as free agency opened probably have fridays paycheck spent by monday morning. Reggie is building a solid foundation along with C-Wood.

  8. I don’t know who is worse when it comes to the comments in a Raiders related post. The trolling brain-dead, haters who know nothing of the team and spew the same old drivel every chance they get; or the Raider “fans” who hate anything that Reggie does, beg for Mark to sell the team, pine for the 8-8 days of HueJax and plead with Gruden to come back. Hey I know, lets just fire everyone every two seasons. That will keep all the commenters relevant…#SMH

  9. The Raiders might go from 3 in 2014 wins to 4 wins in 2015, getting back to the benchmark Reggie established in his first two seasons. Must be lots of excitement in Raider Nation.

  10. I’m hopeful but not yet convinced that the 2015 FA haul will yield a significant upgrade – that remains to be seen on the field. On the other hand at least McKenzie IS going with younger players this year. And while it would be nice to think that this was the operating strategy from the very beginning, the reality is that it was strictly McKenzie’s own idea to go after the over-30 guys in 2014.

  11. Hey Reg, you aint fooling anybody. Raider’s free agency this year is really, really sad. We know you gotta spin it hot to keep your job. No worries, Marky Mark loves you and obviously no matter how bad you screw up, you will always have a job.

  12. Reggie Mckenzie destroyed the Raider organization.
    From 8-8 to the bottom of the NFL since he took over yet he still collects a fat paycheck for collecting unwanted coaches and overpaying players.
    Best thing to do is boycott them until they resemble a modern sports franchise and that starts by hiring a GM that can assemble a NFL team that can compete.

  13. Been a Raider fan for 45 years so I’ve seen a lot. I am happy with what Reggie has done. Got to remember, not having a new stadium and not knowing where your team will actually wind up makes it difficult to sign top free agents. I want guys that want to play in Oakland, the hell with the rest of them. I still believe Reggie should sign a veteran WR, and still take Cooper in the draft. As long as I see progress each year, I’m happy. Remember, we have been in a hole for so long that its going to take some time to turn this around. Raider for life!

  14. I’ll tell you what is worse than both those things, listening to you tell the story through rose colored glasses. Mdradier wake up and smell the raw sewage. Hudson is a decent player, but we aren’t riding him to the playoffs. The other players are marginal or scrubs. We need players Reggie, not scrubs.

  15. haters are going to hate, but funny how many Raiders fans hate McKenzie. But for the most part it’s the same ones who posted how much they don’t like McFadden, wanted McGloin to start, want Hue as head coach, etc…..

    Reggies plan has always been to take 2 steps backwards in order to take 3 steps forward. This is only the second year of going forward. If anybody does not think we are going forward , then I think you must drink kool aid. With that said we are still one more year away from getting the house in order and contending….I still see anywhere from 7 to 9 wins this year.

    as far as draft, if Leonard Williams,is still on the board, you not pass on him…..If he is off the board it means probably Dante Fowler is there along with WR’s. take your pick, we need an edge rusher as much if not more then we need WR’s (at least we have Streater, Jones, Thompkins, just no true #1, but have nobody on the edge who can get to the QB))…could be where Marriotta/Winston is still on the board and somebody wants to give some value to move up, i say trade down, and take the extra picks…we still need players.

  16. Note to dolts Reggie does not have a plan.
    If 3-13 after 3 seasons of his mindless bungling does not prove that then you are a highly uninformed fan or paid schill.

  17. humb0lt says:
    Mar 16, 2015 11:46 AM
    The Raiders might go from 3 in 2014 wins to 4 wins in 2015.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – –

    I know we both agree on the fact that we have 2 wins against Philip “Throw an Interception” Rivers and the chargers, but who do you think the other two are from?

  18. I read a interesting article about M Davis not having the cash flow to sign big time free agents because he doesn’t have the CASh .You have to write a check for the guarenteed money of a contact and the money goes in escrow he so for Suh he would have to write a check of 60-65 mill for that contract ASAP . Mark ranks last dead last in the league in wealth and has the worst stadium in all of sports .I don’t want the team to leave Oakland but nothing is getting done and the team can’t compete there . This hurts but Las Vegas would solve all problems suites , luxory boxes all the big name casinos would be more than happy for sponsorship deals naming rights .Who cares if you can’t wager on them because they play in Vegas .

  19. McKenzie deserves to be judged strictly on his record. He may actually be a nice guy but the NFL is a results-based business not based on sentiment. And the good owners understand that and hire proven/qualified people as GM (or at the very least interview more than one candidate).

    McKenzie’s failures started immediately with the Seymour fiasco (not releasing Seymour before the February/2012 trigger-date after becoming GM on January 5 and then ‘re-structuring’ Seymour’s contract in May/2012 so that when Seymour was released there was an enormous cap-hit in 2013). It continued with the horrible 2013 draft, the draft picks given up for Flynn & Schaub and the over-the-hill 2014 FA haul.

    Aside from C-Wood, Carr, Mack, Gabe Jackson and (maybe) Murray, I don’t see any real impact players brought on-board by McKenzie. And the W/L record during his tenure reflects this.

  20. McKenzie’s failures started immediately with the Seymour fiasco (not releasing Seymour before the February/2012 trigger-date after becoming GM on January 5 and then ‘re-structuring’ Seymour’s contract in May/2012 so that when Seymour was released there was an enormous cap-hit in 2013)
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    What part of seymours contract do you not understand?

    On Feb 17 2011 (before reggie even got there) Seymour signed a two year contract with the Raiders that made him the highest paid defensive player in the nfl @ 30 million with 22 million of it 100%guaranteed. So you are right Raiders could have cut him and paid him 22 million for doing nothing and not even playing one snap on the new deal, or maybe said hey since we guaranteed him 22 million , maybe we ought to let him play. Even the following year Reggie cut him rather than pay him 19 million for that season. Even after they restructured his deal when they cut him they sill had to put 13 million in dead space……get real ….Seymour was getting his 22 million no matter what……try to spin it , twist it , however you want, it was just another boneheaded contract the raiders had on the books when Reggie got there.

  21. humb0lt says: Mar 16, 2015 11:46 AM

    The Raiders might go from 3 in 2014 wins to 4 wins in 2015, getting back to the benchmark Reggie established in his first two seasons. Must be lots of excitement in Raider Nation.
    —————
    We do get excited. Having had great success in the past, we crave it again. As a Charger fan, I’m sure you can relate.

  22. So far I’m not going to be too awfully critical of Reggie, it’s not like free agents want to come to Oakland. I’m even OK without the huge free agent signing since that hasn’t worked out well at all for us recently. All I know is if they don’t get someone for Carr to throw the damn ball too were going to be as one dimensional as we were last year if not worse. Personally I’m hope for either Cooper or White with our first pick and Agahlor with the second one. After that go best available

  23. kcflake says: Mar 16, 2015 11:01 AM

    Same Old Raidas. new Coach and Players will have the same result. Fast Forward 2 years and they will be hiring a new coach and trying to “Turn it Around”, Again.
    ————–
    The last KC quarterback to win a playoff game was last seen drooling over a free pizza in one of those insipid Papa John commercials. Dude looked old.

  24. humb0lt says:
    Mar 16, 2015 11:46 AM

    The Raiders might go from 3 in 2014 wins to 4 wins in 2015, getting back to the benchmark Reggie established in his first two seasons. Must be lots of excitement in Raider Nation.

    ===========

    Historically the Bolts have been bad/horrible more often then not…and a good percentage of those years were with the ‘great’ Dan Fouts as QB. The fact that there wasn’t an internet for a large portion of that time doesn’t alter this fact. But then again the world WAS wired when the Chargers set the all-time AFCW mark for worst regular season record during the 2000 season.

  25. Raider Jon says:
    Mar 16, 2015 11:01 AM
    Prove me wrong, big reg, because I am not feeling the positive vibe. Go grab one of those WR’s that are still free agents so we are not tied to drafting a WR with our first pick. That we, if one of the top defensive linemen are available, at least we can make a choice based on the best available player and not a position of desperate need.

    ——————————–
    I like Kevin White. Thinking Fitz/ Bolden cross.

  26. Fellow Raider fans, here is where the problem lies.

    RM knew this team needed complete de-constructing and re-build that would take 4-5 years to do. But he came out in his first year and told us along with Dennis Allen that this would be a competitive team. I believe that this was an outright deception. Looking at salary caps and talent level, Al Davis (r.i.p.) left this team in probably the worst mess an NFL team has ever been in (including Dan Snyder years). I knew this team would need several years to become consistently competitive, and RM should have said that from the get-go. That way fans would not have been looking for lighting in a bottle when he was hired.

    RM is doing the job as well as he can with this organization. Bad stadium, uncertain future location, mired in a losing culture, are all obstacles to overcome for a GM trying to sell the Raiders to potential free agents or coaches for that matter.

    Reggie has until the end of his contract to show that he knows this job because the truth is, I don’t think anyone could have done better with what he’s had to work with

  27. Solid signings so far but icing on the cake will be Hardy. That way we can draft Kevin White or Leonard Williams if he drops. Then BPA throughout the draft ..defensive end been a position of need for years! And I’m also kinda disappointed we didn’t bring in any wide receivers to visit. Those are the two positions were desperate for talent

  28. Solid signings so far but icing on the cake will be Hardy. That way we can draft Kevin White or Leonard Williams if he drops. Then BPA throughout the draft ..defensive end been a position of need for years! And I’m also kinda disappointed we didn’t bring in any wide receivers to visit. Those are the two positions were desperate for talent. Cmon big reg

  29. I’m glad he is happy about his signings, because nobody else is!

    Raider Nation

  30. IF HE WAS SMART HE WOULD SIGN GREG HARDY, BUT HE AINT!

    WE NEED A NEW GM, AND THAT CAN’T HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!

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