Many fans are angry right now with Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie for seeming to sit on his hands so far in free agency. But he could be doing the right thing; being patient, as his philosophy is to build through the draft anyway. All the free agent defensive backs to whom the Raiders paid big money the last few years remind McKenzie of that.
Cornerbacks Sean Smith and David Amerson got four years for $40 million, and $34 million respectively and as of this offseason are no longer with the team. Safety Reggie Nelson, who wasn’t a big help for $5 million a year either, is also on the way out.
So it might not be a great idea to give a player like Trumaine Johnson — who has yet to be named to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team — $15 million a year. The five years, $61 million CB Malcolm Butler is set to receive may be a little much too.


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