With NFL free agency set to begin in the very near future it looks like the Oakland Raiders will once again be on the sideline. Not since the ill-advised Al Davis spending tsunami of ’08 have the Raiders actually been players in free agency. Instead free agency lately has been limited to giving hefty raises to players before they hit the open market and signing marginal veterans such as Khalif Barnes and Kevin Boss.
This year, even with all the swirling change around the East Bay, won’t be much different.
What will be much different is Oakland’s approach to retaining their players. Mr. Davis never shied away from paying whatever price it took to keep his men in Silver and Black. I don’t pretend to be an Alameda insider but I’m guessing that Davis didn’t see much value it keeping Michael Bush around.
Sure, Davis rolled the dice on drafting the talented but injured prospect. Davis was willing to pay Bush for an entire year while all he did was rehab on the Raiders dime. Davis was the one who insisted on keeping Bush despite the constant inquires from teams seeking to trade for his services.