Any faint hope in Raider nation of landing wide receiver Greg Jennings in free agency is now all but gone.
Jennings spoke to USA Today about what he is looking for in his next team, and said, “Coaching means a lot, the dynamic of the team. To me, the quarterback means a lot, if they have one or not, and I have to make sure my family is comfortable.”
I’m not sure that the Raiders fit any of those qualifications…
“Coaching means a lot, the dynamic of the team”: Dennis Allen is still a rather unproven head coach, going into his second season after a disastrous rookie campaign. Free agents, particularly high-profile ones like Jennings, wouldn’t really be thrilled about playing under this type of coach.
As for the second part, is there really a need to go into the Raiders “dynamic” characteristics (or lack thereof)?
“The quarterback means a lot”: Carson Palmer isn’t a bad quarterback by any means, but free agents aren’t going to want to play with him like they would want to play with Peyton Manning. Plus, with the possibility that the Raiders might cut him and go with the inexperienced Terrelle Pryor, there is just way too much uncertainty in the air.
“I have to make sure my family is comfortable”: I’m not going to go in-depth on this, but Oakland isn’t exactly the best place to live (you can make your own inferences as to why).
Bottom line, Greg Jennings isn’t coming to Oakland unless they hire Jim Harbaugh, sign Peyton Manning, and share the new stadium with the 49ers in 2014.
Basically, it’s not happening.