Free agency is in full swing and the Las Vegas Raiders have made quite the splash. While a lot of money is being invested in the defense in the early going, cornerback still needs to be addressed.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is probably not done and without breaking the bank, he could add reinforcements in the backfield then perhaps, use some draft resources. There’s a few names he could add that would provide solid depth, remember not every signing in free agency is sexy or flashy.
Let’s take a look at some potential signings in the upcoming days (or hours):
Chris Harris Jr.
The Raiders could improve their secondary and weaken one of their division rivals by signing former Denver Bronco Chris Harris Jr. An All-Pro in 2016 and four time Pro Bowler, Harris would instantly improve the backfield despite being 30 years old. Opposing quarterbacks had a completion percentage of 67.1% against him which is good, though he gave up four passing touchdowns individually.
The former 2011 first-round pick could bring a veteran and reliable presence to the Raiders. Amukamara has started 99 out of 113 regular season games and like Harris, he’s also 30 but not showing any signs of decline. Against him, quarterbacks posted a QB rating of 105.2. However, the completion percentage by those quarterbacks was at 66.2% last season.
Poole has thrived as a slot cornerback and with LaMarcus Joyner possibly moving back to safety, he would make sense. Even if the Raiders add another cornerback with a bigger profile or draft one, Poole has carved a little nice niche himself.
We’ll have to wait and see if Mayock takes a chance on one of these vets who could come cheaper then someone like Byron Jones.
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