After the Oakland Raiders poured in another dreadful season in 2012, NFL fans knew that change was coming. However, the Raiders have let nearly every free agent on the offense leave for another club and released players that made an impact last season.
With Brandon Myers heading to play for the New York Giants this season, the Raiders will be without their leader in receptions and receiving yards. Many think that Myers was effective solely because he played in garbage time, however it’s not easy to replace a tight end that can catch 79 balls for 806 yards. I understand that general manager Reggie McKenzie wants to put his stamp on this team, but the cupboard is getting awfully bare for new offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Oakland also decided to let go of another offensive threat in Darrius Heyward-Bey who the Raiders saved $5.341M by cutting. Bey has gotten a bad wrap his entire career because of the asinine decision to draft this fourth-round talent with the seventh overall pick in 2009. This season was a down year for him also as he reeled in a mere 41 balls for 606 yards–Bey is just a year removed from a season with 64 catches and 945 yards.
If there is anything we learned about McKenzie during his time with the Green Bay Packers, it’s that he loves to rebuild via the NFL draft and is very good at it. It’s obvious that these moves will leave the Raiders without pro talent for the time being, but the Oakland faithful need to understand that a plan is in place.
With that being said, 2013 will be a historically bad season for the Carson Palmer and the Raiders as they lack depth at nearly every position.