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Free-agency primer: Raiders

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Key free agents: LT Jared Veldheer, DE Lamarr Houston, RB Rashad Jennings, FS Charles Woodson, CB Tracy Porter, RB Darren McFadden

Where they stand: With 17 remaining unrestricted free agents -- Oakland re-signed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes last week -- the Raiders chose not to use the franchise tag on Veldheer or Houston. That should not surprise anyone; general manager Reggie McKenzie said he wanted to avoid using it, and Veldheer said he did not want to be tagged. With nearly $65 million in cap space, the Raiders are primed to be players during free agency. They need help especially on the defensive line -- all four starters are free agents -- and in the secondary, and ditto with both cornerbacks and the free safety. The primary need on defense is a prototypical edge rusher.

What to expect: As McKenzie said last year, just because he has money to spend does not mean he’s going shopping at Macy’s. And as he restated this year, just because he has money does not mean he’s going to spend it on junk. True, it’s time for McKenzie to make like Macklemore and “pop some tags,” but don’t expect him to break the bank. He’ll use the money judiciously, and although the Raiders have the most cap space, they also have the most needs. It makes sense for Oakland to find a veteran quarterback to serve as a bridge, of sorts, while McKenzie strengthens to team around said quarterback, someone the staff trusts and already knows. Targets could include Josh Freeman, Josh McCown and Mark Sanchez (if and when the Jets cut him). Defensively, Jared Allen could fit the bill at defensive end.

Allen not sure if future QB on roster

December, 30, 2013
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- While Dennis Allen anticipates he will return in 2014 as the Oakland Raiders coach, he is not sure about the prospects of the Raiders' quarterback position.

"Yeah, well, I think that's a position that we've got to make sure that we address," Allen said in his season-ending media conference Monday.

"I'm not sure that we have the quarterback of the future in the building right now, but again I think we'll go through the offseason evaluation process, I think we'll go back through all the tapes, we'll comb through everything. I do think we have a better idea of what we have at the quarterback position, but again I think, listen, that's the most important position on the football field."

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Allen has already said that he believes Matt McGloin has a future with the team but has not been so outwardly encouraging about Terrelle Pryor.

McGloin finished with a passer rating of 76.1 after completing 55.9 percent of his passes (118-of-211) for 1,547 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven games, six starts.

Did he prove he was a capable NFL starter?

"I think so," McGloin said. "I thought I did some pretty good things out there. I also did some poor things that I need to work on and improve. That will come. I know I will get better, I'll continue to learn. I know our team will continue to improve and get better. I'm looking forward to it."

Then does he look at the Raiders as "his" team going forward?

"I think you have to look at it that way," he said. "Like I said, Terrelle and I played well at times this year and played bad at times this year. We have a very healthy relationship. He and I are always helping each other out and trying to do what's best for the team. The mindset whether it's my team or not my team, that's out of my control that decision.

"What I can do is try to improve and continue to get better as a leader and get better as a quarterback."

Pryor, who started eight of the Raiders' first nine games and then the season finale against the Denver Broncos, had a QB rating was 69.1. He completed 57.4 percent of his passes (156-272) for 1,798 yards with seven TDs and 11 INTs. Pryor also rushed for a franchise record-for-a-quarterback 576 yards, including an NFL record-for-a-quarterback 93-yard touchdown run, against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 27.

"I feel very confident," he said. "I had a lot of experiences this year. That's what it's all about, experiencing and understanding that you're going to have good experiences and bad experiences. It's what you do and how you study your craft off that, those experiences.

"That's how I'm going to look at it and that's how I'm going to work on my craft."

But if Allen is indeed retained and the Raiders have to get into the quarterback market, do they draft one early (Blake Bortles? Johnny Manziel? Derek Carr?) or do they play the free-agent market (Josh McKown? Matt Cassel? Josh Freeman? Maybe even a soon-to-be-cut Mark Sanchez?)

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