I am afraid that many Raiders' fans have been using their homervision glasses when they look at the players we've lost, whether through FA signing or being released. On the defensive side of the ball, the only one I am sad to see leaving is Wheeler. Shownasty didn't show enough nastiness for me to want to keep him. Seymour never lived up to the two 1st's and subsequent monster contract Uncle Al inked him to. Bryant was young and did okay, but not okay enough for 34 million. Huff is one I liked, but he was too inconsistent at safety, and he did look better at CB, but not at ~7 million. All of these players we lost were on a horrible defense most of the year. They did show a little promise towards the end of the year, but I think our defense is already better this year, and that's w/o even one snap of the ball. Then there's McClain's contract which should be voidable with his two run-ins with the law, and being suspended two games for conduct detremental to the team.
Once you take your homervision glasses off, you'll see the "talent" we lost, wasn't really that talented....assides from possibly Wheeler.