Nearly three months into the job as the Oakland Raiders' general manager, Reggie McKenzie is feeling good about what he's accomplished so far in his first offseason.
"A little bit better (than expected), because we were able to knock out a couple of areas (in free agency) we felt we wanted to upgrade, and fill in or solidify," McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. "We felt like the O-line, as a group, we solidified it big time by getting the two veterans back (Cooper Carlisle and Khalif Barnes), and the coaching staff would like to see (Stefan Wisniewski) move inside, see what he can do. They feel pretty good about that."
Because of a multitude of trades made before McKenzie's arrival, Oakland, which went 8-8 last season, owns just a fifth- and sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft (though they're expected to receive compensatory picks).
"With our cap situation, we were able to kind of solidify that position a little bit," McKenzie said.
"We couldn't do that," McKenzie said. "That's more than what we could do. That's the way it goes. This year, that's what we're up against. But we knew that."
"If we kept Wimbley we wouldn't have been able to sign any of the players I wanted. ..." McKenzie said. "He wanted what he wanted, and we needed what we needed, and it couldn't work out. But we would have liked to have had him, but the way the contract was at the time, we just couldn't make it work."