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Raiders AFC West Free Agent Preview

Pro Football Weekly has a free agent preview on the AFC West, and here’s what they have on the Raiders heading into free agency.

Unsigned players: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (8), OT Khalif Barnes (6), RB Michael Bennett (10), QB Kyle Boller (8), MLB Ricky Brown (5), DT Desmond Bryant (2), RB Michael Bush (3), RB Rock Cartwright (9), LS Jon Condo (4), OLB Bruce Davis (2), S Hiram Eugene (4), QB Charlie Frye (6), OG Robert Gallery (7), QB Bruce Gradkowski (4), OT Mario Henderson (4), WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (4), OLB Thomas Howard (5), S Michael Huff (5), OG Daniel Loper (6), WR Nick Miller (2), TE Zach Miller (4), DE Jarvis Moss (4), QB J.T. O’Sullivan (8), RB Marcel Reece (1), C Samson Satele (4), OT Langston Walker (9), OLB Sam Williams (8), OLB Kamerion Wimbley (5, franchised).

Analysis: While some teams have held off on throwing money at key potential free agents with a work stoppage looming, managing general partner Al Davis took a different tact, signing DT Richard Seymour and CB Stanford Routt to lucrative contract extensions in February. They placed the franchise tag on Wimbley, but that’s not the only player the Raiders would like to keep from hitting the open market. Before they tagged Wimbley, there were rumblings that Oakland would use the tag on Gallery or Zach Miller.

Miller recently told PFW that his agent and the team had been discussing a long-term deal and he’s interested in staying in Oakland. Gallery is the club’s best O-lineman, and his departure would leave a considerable void. The biggest name on the list above, however, is Asomugha’s. His contract voided after the season, and the Raiders could not place the franchise tag on him. He’s considered one of the best corners in the game. It would be no surprise if Davis makes him a nice offer, but Asomugha is going to explore his options and might end up with a team that’s better-prepared to compete for a championship.

The Eagles are reportedly interested, and the Raiders might not have salary-cap space for him if the cap is reinstated. Bush is due to become a restricted free agent, and he likely will be tendered. Huff, the starting free safety, is also a potential key free agent looking to drive up interest on the open market, but Oakland would re-sign him at the right price.

Click HERE to see the other AFC West teams.


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