In the first wave of free agency (taking the legal tampering period into consideration), the Raiders agreed to contracts with many players. They then slowed down after reaching an agreement with Eli Apple. That was likely their final move as far as the first wave. They’re likely getting ready for the second one.
Raiders Blog: Team slowing down ahead of 2nd wave of free agency
Most of the splash moves are done at the very beginning of free agency. This happens because that’s when organizations have the most money to spend and top talent is available. The market quickly cools down as the money well dries up and the most coveted players already have a new team.
Related: Raiders Can Still Re-Tool Cornerback Position
Knowing what the Raiders have done, it’s essential to point out free agency is a way to complement a roster, not build it and so far, they accomplished the former. There’s still holes on the roster. The wide receiver corps needs a number one target and the secondary can still be improved. The offensive line can’t be neglected, but there’s the draft and the second wave of free agency.
Many players are still unsigned as their market never materialized, the more they wait, the less they will get, something the Raiders and other teams should and will take advantage of. Logan Ryan probably won’t get the $10 million the wants. The same goes for Melvin Gordon, Robby Anderson, and Jadeveon Clowney. Other than Anderson, none of them will likely play in Las Vegas, but they’ll be waiting for a team nonetheless.
You May Also Like: Raiders Make Splash in Day Two of Free Agency