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Raiders fullback Marcel Reece always hits hard, whether it’s on the field or in front of a microphone. The current public face of the franchise most always says what’s on his mind, and he certainly did so on Saturday night before being honored at the annual Commitment to Excellence dinner.
This time, Reece had some advice for general manager Reggie McKenzie in regards to free agency – which officially opens on Tuesday -- during a truly pivotal offseason.
“I want him to be fearless,” Reece said. “I don’t want him to worry about anyone else. Let’s go for it right now. That’s what I’m looking forward to. No safe moves. I don’t want those. I want smart, calculated, fearless, Raider-ass moves. We want guys committed to winning. That’s what we want to do. We want to win right now.”
McKenzie has vowed to spend smart despite oceans of salary cap space, bringing in quality players through free agency and the draft during this offseason.
McKenzie said he wants the same thing, albeit in less colorful language.
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“I want to make this team better, and that’s what we’re going to set out to do this Tuesday and throughout the offseason,” McKenzie said. “We aren’t waiting until Tuesday. We’ve been trying to set things out and get things done. We want to upgrade this football team, and we’re determined to do that.”
Reece is trying to ensure that will happen. He’s hit up soon-to-be free agents with calls and texts, asking them to consider the silver and black.
“I’ve done my share of recruiting,” Reece said. “I’ve been in contact with guys and if they get here, they’ll let you know that I was on them. Reggie will know that I was on him and (owner Mark Davis) will let you know that I was on him. We have to take care of our own first, but once free agency hits, we want anybody and everybody who is willing to come here not for the money or a cap-space number. We want guys who want to be a part of this Raiders tradition. We want guys who want to win.”