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It’s Quit apparent the Las Vegas Raiders are rebuilding, and it seems as if Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler want all the former New England Patriots they can get their hands on.

After signing former Patriots backup and San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in his free agency, the Raiders are signing a former Patriots wide receiver who quite literally handed a game to them in Jakobi Meyers. No one remembers that more than, you guessed it, another former Patriots star in edge rusher Chandler Jones. $33 million and $21 million guaranteed for three years is not a bad get for a solid Patriots receiver.

Ultimately, Meyers is not going to move the needle in terms of a free-agent acquisition for the Raiders, but it will be more in line with the type of team McDaniels hopes to build. While I understand that he has very strong ties to the Patriots, he is not going to get another shot at being a head coach if this thing bombs.

The Raiders have also reached an agreement with free-agent wideout Phillip Dorsett. The former first-round pick was paired with McDaniels in New England for three seasons. Despite receiving passes from Tom Brady, Dorsett still wasn’t able to show his first-round pedigree during his time with the Patriots. In 45 games (eight starts) with the organization, Dorsett had 73 receptions for 881 yards and eight touchdowns.

Dorsett will be joining a new-look Raiders offense in 2023. So let’s do the math…McDaniels has brought in a pair of Patriots players already, signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and wideout Jakobi Meyers. The Raiders are also rostering running back/special teamer Brandon Bolden and fullback Jakob Johnson, both former Patriots.

The ties to the Las Vegas Raiders extend beyond general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels. They extend beyond a staff that ranges from Mick Lombardi, Carmen Bricillo, Bo Hardegree and Jerry Schuplinski on offense to Patrick Graham and Rob Ryan on defense.

A total of nine former New England Patriots stand on the roster. And that is after the NFL’s 80-man deadline saw wide receiver Chris Lacy waived and cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc removed from injured reserve with a settlement.

According to The Silver and Black currently possess 12 picks – the most of any team – and enter April with a huge emphasis on building a young, talented unit for years to come in Las Vegas.

Are the Raiders still committed to excellence?

Raider Fans Express Outrage And Disappointment

Raider fans are outraged at what’s happening to their franchise. Not just what didn’t happen for the Raiders this past season but what’s happening this post season.

Raider Nation has been exactly that…A Nation of Raider fans that has settled for decades of mediocrity. Always saying “Just wait until next year.” The Raiders have a total of 22 Playoff appearances since their establishment.

The team enjoyed most of their NFL playoff success during the 1970s. The Raiders have won the Super Bowl thrice (1976, 1980, 1983). The Las Vegas Raiders booked a berth in the 2021-22 NFL Playoffs after coming 2nd in the AFC West Division, with a season record of 10-7.

Many have blamed head coach Josh McDaniels for the teams failures in the 2022 season with questionable play calls and head scratching trades.

Allegiant Stadium is packed with fans from the opposing team to see them beat up on the Raiders. While the team has gone way up in value…Performance has taken a nose dive.

When a fan held up a sign saying “We deserve better” he was tossed out of the stadium. With the cost of food, parking and ticket prices, not to mention PSL fees, I don’t see where the fan was wrong.

Raider fans deserves a player/fans coach, and Raider fans are not sure that’s what they have in Josh McDaniels.

According to usatoday “He’s the latest Bill Belichick disciple in over his head, trying to instill “The Patriot Way” wherever he goes, forgetting that Belichick is the essential ingredient.”

Las Vegas moved on from the often-injured Darren Waller for pick No. 100, saving roughly $11 million with the move. It wasn’t too long ago when Waller inked a $51 million contract extension. And even worse, it was a day after returning from his honeymoon that the Raiders opted to ship him off to New York.

Social media is on fire regarding the trade and the future of their team.


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