The Oakland Raiders were supposed to have one of the league’s most stable rosters in the late 1990s.
But after five consecutive losing seasons, the team is now a mess.
One year after they signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a $50 million contract, the Raiders released him with a $13 million signing bonus.
They then traded up to select wide receiver Amari Cooper in the second round of the 2016 draft, but the Raiders traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Jeremy Lane, safety Landon Collins and a sixth-round pick.
Then they signed cornerback Chris Cook to a one-year deal.
Cook was supposed to be a franchise quarterback and could become the franchise leader for Oakland’s secondary.
But the Raiders lost three games in 2016, including a 34-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 that was their worst loss in franchise history.
The Raiders will have to start over.
They have no starting cornerback, and they have to replace Cook, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound rookie, who is coming off a torn ACL.
The team has not re-signed safety Reggie Nelson, who was signed last month after missing six games with a hamstring injury.
They also signed defensive tackle Dan Skuta to a two-year contract.
Skuta played sparingly for the Raiders last season and had three tackles and a sack.
Skutas, the second-round draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft, is 6-5, 290 and played at Michigan.
“It was tough to get it together.
I didn’t have the experience, but I have the mentality,” Skuta said.
“I know I have a lot to work on, and I’m going to get better.
I’m just going to keep working.
I have no fear.
I think the organization is going to come through for me.
They’re doing a great coaching job and I just feel like I have more experience now.” “
The coaches have done a great job in my time here.
They’re doing a great coaching job and I just feel like I have more experience now.”
The Raiders have been in turmoil the past four seasons.
Quarterback Derek Carr had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during training camp and missed the first four games.
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews, left him without a football for the rest of the season.
After a disappointing finish in 2016 and a disappointing end to 2017, Carr said last month that he was still working on his game.
The 49ers traded for him, but Carr struggled with the transition to the NFL, and he failed to put together the season he had envisioned.
The 29-year-old has missed six games this season and is 1-6 in his last nine starts.
The Oakland coaching staff has struggled with continuity, and the Raiders are in the midst of a rebuilding process.
Coach Dennis Allen was fired in April and replaced by coach Dennis Allen, who has a 4-22 record in four seasons as the Raiders’ head coach.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has said he would like to see Carr in his third NFL season.
The coach has also expressed a desire to return to Oakland for the start of the 2019 season.