1. Releasing Kerry Collins, signing Aaron Brooks.
Collins was in some ways a scapegoat for a 4-12 season, but there was no denying his play got progressively worse as the season went along. He had become a lightning rod for fan criticism as well as a symbol for all that was wrong with the organization.
It didn't help that Collins never had a healthy Randy Moss after he suffered rib, pelvis and groin injuries in the sixth game of the season.
Brooks, like Collins, has been prone to mistakes at the worst times. But he should have three things Collins did not -- a healthy Moss, a coaching staff committed to solid offensive line play, and the ability to escape pressure with mobility.
Overall, it's a positive switch.
The Raiders would have had to wait at least a year to play Leinart, under a new offensive coordinator and a new system. And if Leinart happens to be another Ken Dorsey -- a so-so talent who excelled with a superior supporting cast in college -- it would be a wasted pick.
Huff offers help immediately, which is a positive.
3. Releasing defensive tackle Ted Washington.
It appears the Raiders will move Tommy Kelly inside on a full-time basis, and while Kelly has largely put to rest all the questions surrounding his effort level in college, he is not the 380-pound anchor Washington was.