Compared to some of last year's moves on defense, we like how these look. Lofton is a league average starter, but he's only 28 years old and is known as a good leader. Williams is one of the rarest things in the NFL: A true run-plugger at nose tackle. He was one of our favorite value candidates in free agency, and should improve the Raiders' front line right away.
Oakland is starting to spend all their salary cap space, even if it's not with the big names their fans were hoping for. Center Rodney Hudson should be one of the best at his position. Running back Roy Helu and linebacker Malcolm Smith are fine role players. We haven't seen how much these contracts are for yet, but we like the fact that McKenzie is focusing on free agents still in their prime this season.
It is a make or break offseason for the general manager, and he's going to continue to be aggressive.