Originally Posted by Iamcanadian
Looks good on paper if Oakland had any base to build upon, but they don't, they are starting from scratch and could be again in the running for worst team in the NFL for the next 2 or 3 years. You cannot rebuild a team through FA, FA, if used properly, fills in the holes left on a competing team to take them to a higher level after the draft has given them a strong corps to build upon. Having money but no talent leads nowhere.
Oakland must now rebuild through the draft and looking at their base, it will be years before the draft gives them enough talent to be competitive. I wouldn't want my team to be in their position.
They are basically an expansion team and will be fortunate to win 3 games next season. McKenzie came from Green Bay's front office so hopefully he'll follow Ted Thompson's model of rebuilding through the draft, but like you say that's going to take time before they are competitive. He inherited a mess and had nothing to work with in last year's draft.
The Raiders currently have more cap room than any other team for both 2014 and 2015 and they can use that space to eventually re-sign some of the few good youngsters on their roster - Veldheer, Wisniewski and Houston.
If they draft well for the next 3 years and use mid-tier free agency to fill some holes and depth they'll have a good young roster with rookie contracts and lots of cap space by 2015.