The Oakland Raiders are simply a mess. I probably did not need to tell you that, but judging by the look of the team’s roster, the amount of free agents it has and the fact some of those unrestricted free agents are key cogs on offense and defense, it could be an odd offseason, making sure who should and shouldn’t be back in Oakland.

These Raiders are not the Raiders of old. No Ted Hendricks, No Marcus Allen, No Phil Villapiano. Those names from the past would be as embarrassed as any parent who had their child fail their final year of high school.

These Raiders are in need of an education in how to win and how to smell the playoffs.

When looking over the list of potential free agents – these are the players the team must look to re-sign then try to find other free agents to come in and help re-establish the Oakland Raiders way of winning.

Lamarr Houston

He will be the biggest free agent to be pursued by teams this off season. Houston is one of the building blocks this franchise needs to keep to build around. He is a pass rusher this team really needs.

Rashad Jennings

He filled in admirably for Darren McFadden and could be a player the team can get on the cheap if he is guaranteed the starting position. Jennings is a big, solid lumbering runner who can bowl over defenders and move the chains.

Jacoby Ford

He burst on the scene as a rookie and was dynamite. Now, he has tailed off. The Raiders need a speed threat and Ford may move on and have a breakout season. He may be worth re-signing, even if for one season.

Tony Pashos

He is a solid lineman but he is not a Pro Bowl player. Pashos can play many line positions – which makes him a valuable commodity. The Raiders need to sign him now.

Mike Jenkins

He was a first round pick by Dallas and now plays at a fairly low salary. The Raiders reached on DJ Hayden in last year’s draft and Jenkins can still play at a high level. The Raiders need him in their backfield.

Tracy Porter

Another cornerback and defensive back who comes with a low price tag and provides depth and experience to a back line that is average at best.