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Oakland Raiders’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

Oakland Raiders' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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The Oakland Raiders had a ton of cap space to fill needs across this roster, but they failed to do so. After trading for Matt Schaub, many believe that the Raiders will go defense with their first-round pick. Here are the five biggest mistakes of the Raiders' offseason.

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5. Signing Justin Tuck

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5. Signing Justin Tuck

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Since becoming a household name after the New York Giants won the Super Bowl in 2008, Justin Tuck hasn't really done much. Tuck had a good season last year, but it could have just been a fluke. He finally stayed healthy, and Tuck had 11 sacks. Overall, Tuck was probably the best player on a subpar Giants defense. Tuck is 31 years old, and the Raiders have committed to him for two years.

4. Signing Maurice Jones-Drew

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4. Signing Maurice Jones-Drew

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After becoming one of the top backs in the NFL in 2009, Maurice Jones-Drew has regressed tremendously. Once known as a dual threat in the backfield, Jones-Drew hasn't been able to stay healthy. The Jaguars let Jones-Drew walk in free agency, and the Raiders decided to take a chance on him. Oakland already has an injury-prone back in Darren McFadden, and they can't afford another one in Jones-Drew.

3. Not bringing back Jared Veldheer

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3. Not bringing back Jared Veldheer

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Although he couldn't stay healthy in 2013, Jared Veldheer is one of the best tackles in the NFL. He is a monster of a man, and he could have been a long-term starter in Oakland for years to come. The Cardinals gave million to Veldheer, and the Raiders will miss him in 2014.

2. Rodger Saffold

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2. Rodger Saffold

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The Raiders decided to give Rodger Saffold a ton of money to become their blind side left tackle, but it turned out to bad thing for the Raiders. After he failed his physical, the Raiders rescinded their contract agreement. Because of this, the Raiders had to overpay for Donald Penn. The Saffold fiasco kept the Raiders from signing another premier offensive tackle.

1. Failing to sign a premier free agent

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1. Failing to sign a premier free agent

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Darrelle Revis only cost million, and the Raiders had enough money to sign him and a few other blue-chip free agents. Revis is one of the best coverage-cornerbacks in the game and would have also mentored D.J. Hayden, and the Raiders failed to bring him in.