Raiders' free agency primer

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Raiders' free agency primer

A primer on the Raiders, their free agents and free agents to whom they've been linked:Raiders' unrestricted free agentsSS Tyvon Branch (FRANCHISE TAGGED, worth 6.212 million)RB Michael Bush -- linked to Chicago and CincinnatiQB Jason Campbell -- signed with ChicagoLB Quentin Groves
OL Stephon HeyerDE Jarvis MossC Samson SateleWR Chaz Schilens -- signed with New York JetsDE Trevor Scott -- linked to New EnglandS Matt GiordanoCB Lito SheppardRT Khalif BarnesQB Kyle BollerWR T.J. HoushmandzadehRB Rock Cartwright -- signed with 49ersLB Darryl BlackstockRaiders' restricted free agentDL Desmond Bryant (Given second-round tender)Raiders' exclusive rights free agentsS Jerome BoydDL Mason Brodine (TENDERED)CBKR Bryan McCann (TENDERED)FB Marcel Reece (TENDERED)Raiders players cutCB Stanford Routt -- signed with Kansas CityCB Chris JohnsonFS Hiram EugeneTE Kevin Boss -- signed with Kansas CityRG Cooper CarlisleDT John HendersonLB Kamerion WimbleyOther teams' free agents linked to the RaidersHouston RG Mike Brisiel -- Signed with Raiders on March 16St. Louis CB Ronald Bartell -- Signed with Raiders on March 16New Orleans CB Tracy Porter

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”