Raiders hope Justin Tuck signings puts them on road to respectability

The Oakland Raiders, by most accounts, have had a miserable offseason — one that started with hope and promise but has devolved into a comedy of errors.

In fact, we can't blame you if you start to make jokes about whether Justin Tuck, who has signed a two-year deal with the Raiders per ESPN's Adam Schefter, has passed his physical. It's too easy.

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And for two years and $11 million, Tuck might end up being a good value signing and a strong veteran presence for a team that badly needs it in the wake of Jared Veldheer, LaMarr Houston and Tracy Porter — its top three free agents available — skipping town despite the team being $60 million below the salary cap prior to free agency.

Tuck, a two-time Super Bowl winner who played extremely well in both those seasons' playoff runs, can be a risk though. He has had to be motivated a few times by Tom Coughlin and the Giants' coaching staff, and if the Giants were not willing to match fairly tame money on Tuck, you have to wonder what they think of him at this point.

The Raiders are not a better football team yet than they were at the end of the season. That has to change at some point, or they will enter the season as the unquestioned favorite for the No. 1 pick in the draft, and it might not be Reggie McKenzie making the picks or Dennis Allen coaching the players if that situation occurs. It would represent yet another restart, which has become all too familiar since Jon Gruden left town.

There are other free agents in town, and the Raiders will have a decent shot of signing them and helping fill some voids. But they are a long way away from respectability as things stand now.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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