Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders to make run at signing Jared Allen and BJ Raji


The Oakland Raiders have been a bad team for a long time –something I’ve pointed out with dutiful glee in the past. But a lot of people, myself included, may start have to eating crow if the Raiders can pull off a miraculous free agent haul that will instantly makes them competitive in a suddenly difficult AFC West.

ESPN.com Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez notes that the Raiders may take a run at Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji and will almost certainly make a run at Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

A little more high-priced than what I envision McKenzie doing, even with more than $60 million in cap space, but throw in the Packer factor of B.J. Raji, I can dig it. … I still see the Raiders making a run at Jared Allen as a defensive end, though, rather than the likes of Justin Tuck, Michael Bennett or Greg Hardy.

For all those that hate on the Raiders, a defensive line that has both Raji and Allen on it will shut a lot of people up — and shut a lot of offenses down. With more than $60 million in cap space to spend, the Raiders are in for a serious free agent period, but the only question is will they be able to pull off the signings?

If they do, all who laughed at them before had better watch out because the Black Hole of the Raiders defensive line will consume more than just quarterbacks and running backs.

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  • Jimmy Conway

    how long would they be productive for if we got them? they are not young.

    • Trevor

      Allen has at least 2 seasons at full duty . the man has been churning out double digit sack totals year after year with no signs of slowing… Also he’s a BIG TIME raider fan so its very realistic. Raji is only 27… So I don’t know why you’d consider him old?

      • iceman4

        Tuck also had 11 sacks and 11 more tackles than Allen. Tuck is better against the run and a year younger.

        • Trevor

          We weren’t talking about tuck… also tuck costs more than Raji AND Allen so that needs to be taken into consideration.
          Reggie’s history has shown he doesn’t go after the “top tier” fa’s. Wasnt his style in GB and isn’t now in Oak. We have way too many holes and a severe lack of depth to be signing huge money FA’s

      • Demarkus Tramail Swan

        Why would Jared come to Oakland to DIE? Fellas, NO STUD FA IS COMING HERE. This is a deep draft, Raiders would be wise to trade down & build thru the draft.

        • Trevor

          Uhm… He wouldn’t “DIE” , Fella… Also Jared Allen just so happens to be a raider fan… Maybe you should spend a little time learning about players instead of just spouting ignorant nonsense… Might help in the future

        • Frank

          Why would you say no stud FA is coming to Oakland? I’m going to update you on some things, we have more cap space than another team, $60+ million. We can out bid any team. MONEY TALKS, even Michael Bennett said “hometown discount, this ain’t Costco!”, which is a nice way of saying I want to get paid

  • Frank

    The latest news on guys who will be franchised or cut has changed a lot of our options. I thought we would make a serious run at both Michael Bennett and Jairus Byrd. Now that the Bills are suppose to tag Byrd that options out and Sidney Rice is to be cut freeing up $7 mil in cap space so Seattle resigning Bennett is more likely. I definitely think we will make a run at Raji but I think Henry Melton is more likely due to the cheaper cost because he is coming off an injury. At DE Im praying for Clowney but I think either Arthur Jones and/or Michael Johnson will be more likely.
    Jared Allen is going to take a lot less money to play for a winner, I personally see him going to New England.

    • jesus christ

      ya arthur jones cant pass rush

      no what they need to do is take jadeveon clowney if they cant get him take khalil mack or trade up and take kony ealy and line him up next to greg hardy or jared allen there you go 2 guys who undoubtedly could put up double digit sack numbers ealy is the same height 6’5 and has a ton of upside

      • Trevor

        Uhm… Trade UP to draft Ealy?! What are you talking about???!! He isn’t a top 5 pick… So I don’t know where you’re getting we’d have to ‘trade up’ to draft him from…

      • Frank

        uhhh a couple things, first we would trade back for Ealy somewhere between 15-20 would be ok and you wouldnt line him up next to Hardy or Allen because they are all DEs. A nice D-line would be Houston, Raji or Linval Joseph or Melton, and Ealy. Arthur Jones is 6-3 315, thats a big DE but he can play inside also. He is great vs the run.

        • Demarkus Tramail Swan

          Where are you signing all these players? None of those FA’s are coming here.

      • Trevor

        Ealy is a DE… You don’t build a defensive line with 3 defensive ends … They’re the “end” of the defensive line… A 4-3 defense has 2 De’s and 2 dt’s then 3 lbs behind.So regardless of who we brought in or kept we wouldn’t have 3 De’s next to each other… They’d be at opposite parts of the line.

    • iceman4

      Seattle isnt’ going to resign Bennett; they are pretty much resigned to it. they have Clemons and others to pay, and they want big money. Also waiting in the wings in a year is Paying Russell Wilson top money.

      • Frank

        Clemons is going to be 32 years old and due 6 million this season, Bennett is 28 and still in his prime. Who would you cut and who would you pay??????

      • Demarkus Tramail Swan

        You don’t know what you are talking about. You obviously want Bennett but the Hawks just cut Red Bryant to resign Bennett, Report: Seahawks to release LE Red Bryant

  • Angel

    Jared Allen…………. Raji……….
    Id shat myself. …..at work AND on purpose.

  • Mike Floros

    I’d be excited about signing Allen, age and all. However, Raji is about 340 and needs to be about 310. He’s gotten a bit heavy and as such, a lot easier to block. I’d pass on him and look elsewhere.

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    You guys need to wake up, you really think signing these 2 shells will put the Raiders in contention with the AFC’s best? What has the Raiders ineptness turned the fans into?#INSANE

    • Trevor

      Calm down… I don’t see any comments on here saying we are 2 players from playoff contention… I think what the author was saying is that RM (if he makes quality moves) can quickly rebuild this team. That the league had better take notice the “rebuilding” process in Oakland will take place faster than people think…

      • Bobby R Johnson

        Well said trevor. I believe a qb is the most important thing but if we habe the opportunity to sign quality fa’s on both sides of the ball then we will have the weapons to take a shot at maybe even two qbs in the draft to help our odds. Good thing about fa’s is you know what they can do and if they are getting better,at their peak or in decline.

      • marc allen

        Hey Trevor..don’t waste your time trying to explain the article to the Moron..he can’t comprehend simple English

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Ask yourself this: other than $$, which better teams will offer, why would any quality FA want to come here? Players are RESIGNING, WILL BE TAGGED, are following their OC/DC OR EX -COACHES TO OTHER TEAMS, THE RAIDERS DON’T HAVE A DAMNED THING TO OFFER, what they do have is a MOE HOWARD OWNER, a CURLY HOWARD GM & a SHEMP HOWARD HC.#THE3STOOGES

    • Trevor

      Uhm… We have plenty to offer. The raiders have a deep and rich history. You just don’t get it because you don’t take pride in “your team”. Ask Charles woodson why he chose Oakland over the “contenders” who wanted him… Raider nation will draw players, not too mention RM’s vision for the raiders. Smart players and people get what he’s building. Look what he did for GB AND what’s happened since he’s left… You are an ignorant fool based on your ridiculous comment… Must be a seahawk “fan”… Go back to your bandwagon you aren’t welcomed here

      • marc allen

        Well said Trevor..

    • marc allen

      He Demarkusasshole..
      You are a MORON..is that all you’ve got???..making fun of the owner and the GM because of their looks???….why don’t you do a nice SWAN dive off the Empire State building!!!!!!!

    • Frank

      Are you even a Raider Fan???

  • Bob

    How many 30+ year old players do the Seahawks have? The Redskins tried this years ago and failed. Not gonna happen. The Raiders need to get/stay young.

    • Trevor

      Uhm… Raji isn’t 30… Sooooo I don’t get where you’re going with this in regards to the article? Also Allen has been EXTREMELY productive… Ones age should not be the ONLY factor used in determining if a player can help your team. Allen could also aid in Houston’s development and any DE’s/DT’s we draft

      • Bob

        Raji is going to eat his way out of the NFL just like Haynesworth. By the time the Raiders are good Allen will be cut for salary reasons and lack of production. You see this in the NFL all the time.

        • icon13

          Ignorant fool. He has shown no signs of slowing down in production. Some guys, only special players, are good until the end (or close to it). Do you want a list of ultra-talented players who played great late in their career?

          • Bob

            Trace Armstrong, Richard Seymour…

            Do you want a list of players the Raiders took on the D line late in their careers and bombed? Do you even go to raiders games? I do.

          • icon13

            Idiot. He played during the deconstruction of the Raiders. This is a whole new ballgame. We have money and draft picks to put other talented players around well, talented players. The entire team is getting a new look, not just one position.

  • Bob

    With the uncertainty at QB, the Raiders may not make it deep into the playoffs for three years. Theses guys will be gone by that time, so why?

  • iceman4

    Tuck also had 11 sacks and 11 more tackles than Allen. Tuck is just as good a pass rusher than allen and is better against the run. Bennett was in the rotation of 4 DE’s at Seattle and had 8.5 sacks. He’s only 28 and a key member of the defense.

    Seattle has a lot of people to pay up and have already said Bennett will probably be a casualty. Raji isn’t a big playmaker but he clogs up the middle against the run. I’m not a huge fan of his plus his weight will always be an issue.

  • iceman4

    If the Raiders would have chosen Star Lotulelei instead of the ridiculous DJ Hayden pick, DL wouldn’t be as huge a problem as it is.

  • keith cuddy

    Those signings could really help our drafting this year since there seems to be some good offensive talent. We could probably get sr after a in the first 3 rds. Hopefully Manzel if he’s gone then Watkins.

  • keith cuddy

    As much as I’d love to have Allen I think he’d pass up $ for a chance to play for a contender, as previously mentioned. I hope I’m wrong though.

    • Demarkus Tramail Swan

      No, Keith is correct, players will get paid regardless, they will go to a team with promise , contenders or SUPER BOWL POSSIBLE TEAMS as opposed to a team with No DIRECTION, an INEPT HC/GM, NO QB. & THE BEST CHANCE to GET THE #1 PICK IN 2015.

    • icon13

      Yeah, well do not disregard the fact that he grew up a Raiders fan, and he is FROM THE BAY AREA. He has roots and family here. He may choose to finish his career at home, and that would put OAK in front of the line. Also, I really hope we can sign him. We both graduated from LGHS in 2000. Also, Trent Edwards, who in my opinion needs a shot as he has been overlooked, went to LGHS, but class of 2002. Bill Walsh told Buffalo they drafted the best QB in the draft that year.

  • Kenneth Adams

    Oh please please please let this happen

  • Ecade

    Draft K.Mack From Buffalo he is the Best Player in the Draft and will have a impact on Day 1 Rushing the Qb , Pair him with Sio Moore and the Raiders have to Young Players to Build the Defense Around ..

  • Adam

    This is a tough one for me. I’m a die hard Raiders fan and huge Jared Allen fan as well, but I would much rather see the Raiders go after Greg Hardy. They are very similarly skilled players but Hardy just finished his 4th season whereas Allen just finished his tenth. I’ll be happy if they land either of these guys, but if Hardy is still an option, I think he’s their best one to go after.