Seven weeks into the 2014 NFL offseason, the Oakland Raiders have been as active as any team. Having missed the playoffs for 11 straight years, the organization is making some serious changes.
Oakland has been a big player in free agency. While the likes of Jared Veldheer and Lamar Houston have signed elsewhere, the Raiders have spent money on some of the best players available. James Jones, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Donald Penn and Justin Tuck have joined the club.
The Raiders have also filled their biggest need through a trade. After starting three different quarterbacks in 2013, the club sent a sixth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans for Matt Schaub. The 32-year-old will look to bounce back from his worst year as a starter. In 10 games, he threw 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Still, Oakland isn’t done making moves. With almost half a year until the start of next season, the Raiders have a few big decisions to make.
Following the bullying scandal with Jonathan Martin, Incognito’s time with the Miami Dolphins is finished. While the offensive lineman is surrounded by controversy, he’s only a year removed from being named to the Pro Bowl. The veteran recently told WSVN in Miami that he would be interested in playing for Oakland. When asked about the possibility of signing Incognito, owner Mark Davis said the team would think about it.
The wide receiver could be the next big NFL player to be traded. Recent reports indicate that the Philadelphia Eagles are listening to offers for the 27-year-old, who is coming off the best season of his career. In 2013, Jackson led the Eagles with 1,332 receiving yards on 82 catches, nine of which came in the end zone. According to Ian Rapoport of nfl.com, the Raiders are interested in adding Jackson to their wide receiving corps. However, they’re reluctant to trade draft picks, which is what it would take to land the Pro Bowler.
With the No.5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Oakland will have a chance to select a top quarterback on May 8. While Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater have been touted as the best prospects in the class, the Raiders may have their eye on Carr. After acquiring Schaub, though, the chances of the Raiders selecting Carr may have been reduced. It's also possible that Fresno State star could be drafted in case Schaub struggles as he did in 2013, and with the intention that Carr would figure into Oakland's long-term plans. A recent report from the Fresno Bee claims the team could trade down, instead, and draft a quarterback.
A move back to Los Angeles?
It’s been two decades since the Raiders played in Los Angeles, but there’s a chance the team could soon make a return to L.A. Owner Mark Davis recently said that he’s thought about moving the team back to the city that was its former home from 1982-1994. Davis claims he plans to keep the team in Oakland, but mentioned Los Angeles as a possibility if a deal for a new stadium can’t be reached.