The Raider Ramble brings you a comprehensive look at the Las Vegas Raiders offseason, which is broken down in three phases, one is a look at the team as it stands, what they could do in free agency and third, what the Silver and Black should do at the draft in April.
General manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden started the offseason by adding Rod Marinelli to the coaching staff, a move that didn’t please Raider Nation because it meant letting defensive line coach Brentson Buckner go. The extensions handed to Richie Incognito and Nevin Lawson, have also kick started the Raiders vital offseason.
There are three major phases to the offseason process; taking care of their own guys, free agency, and the draft. The Raiders need to be successful in all three to build on their 2019 record of 7-9.
Here’s what I would do to catapult them to playoff contention.
(All contracts are projections)
Phase 1, Current Team
- If the Raiders decide to release Tahir Whitehead, they would save $6.25 million with $1 million in dead money. The linebacker is a tackling machine, but he can’t cover a nickel with a blanket.
- By releasing Gabe Jackson, Las Vegas can save $9.6 million, with no cap penalties. Some people don’t like this move, but the guard is overpaid, and was outplayed by Denzelle Good in 2019.
- The Raiders should give Will Compton a 2-year deal, worth $5.25 million with $2 million guaranteed. The veteran provides good depth, and was arguably the team’s best linebacker in the second half of the season.
- Las Vegas need to offer Dion Jordan a 2-year, $7.5 million contract with $3 million guaranteed. The defensive end came in late like Compton, and provided valuable pass rush for the Raiders. I’d re-sign Jordan and let him compete for pass rush snaps.
- They can also give Jalen Richard a 3-year, $9 million contract with $3.5 guaranteed. Richard is a great 3rd down back and I feel like the Raiders have underutilized. Extend him, and sign a backup for Jacobs.