The Oakland Raiders are not associated with savvy front office management - so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that the franchise is responsible for one of the more head-scratching decisions of the free agent period so far.

The Raiders have signed tackle Rodger Saffold to a five-year $42.5m deal with $21m in guaranteed money.

Yes, that's former-second round pick Rodger Saffold who may actually end up playing guard in the NFL.

The Raiders lost last year's first choice tackle Jared Veldheer to the Arizona Cardinals. Many felt Veldheer was worthy of the franchise tag, if only to keep him in Oakland for another season.

But, for whatever reason, he was allowed to move on and the Cardinals got him for what looks like a bargain compared to the Saffold deal.

Veldheer signed for the Cardinals on a five-year contract worth $35m - the 26-year-old could have been the franchise left tackle in Oakland for years to come.

But rather than use the franchise tag, they've opted to spend more money on Saffold, a 25-year-old offensive lineman who according to CBS Sports, may not even end up playing left tackle.

The Raiders are famously aggressive in free agency, which is rarely a good thing for obvious reasons.

Here's hoping Reggie McKenzie has things straight this year. This was doesn't look too smart at the moment though. 

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