Raiders Offseason Recap Part I: Reserve/Future Contract

The Las Vegas Raiders were quite active in the offseason, and ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, let’s recap all the transactions they conducted from the moment the season ended.

First, a Reserves/Future contract is the one players who were not on the active roster (can be on a Practice Squad) concluding the end of the previous season are eligible for. These players can sign deals that don’t go into effect till the start of the new year (March 11th at 4 pm). These players don’t count against the cap or 53 man limit but the following seasons cap and 90 man offseason roster limit.

Players the Raiders signed to a Reserve/Futures Contract:

C Erik Magnuson: Appeared in the game against the Lions in 2019.
G Kyle Kalis: Didn’t suit up last year. He started two games for the Colts in 2017.
HB William Stanback: CFL star half back that ran for 1,048 yds and five touchdowns on 170 carries.
HB Mark Thompson: He’s never appeared in an NFL Game.
WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams: He hasn’t played a game in the NFL.
DE Kendall Vickers: He was signed via the CFL, had 12 tot, two sacks, and a forced fumble in 2019.
DE Ade Aruna: He has never appeared in an NFL Game.
DE Kendall Donnerson: Has never dressed up.
LB Nick Usher: He was signed via CFL, had 36 tot, six sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2019.
LB Derrick Moncrief: Signed via CFL, had 73 tot, three interceptions, four sacks, forced fumbles in 2019.
LB Te’Von Coney: He was an undrafted free agent last season.
LB Quentin Poling: He played in one game in 2019.
CB DJ Killings: He’s never appeared in an NFL Game
CB Dylan Maybin: Same as above.
CB Jordan Brown: He doesn’t have any recorded stats in the NFL.
CB Ken Crawley: He appeared in five games in 2019.

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Re-Signings/Contract Extensions For The Raiders

G Richie Incognito: 2 years, $12,700,000

The Raiders inked guard Richie Incognito to a two-year deal on December 30th. He was one of the best players at the position last year, only allowing one sack (tied for 56th among guards) and eight penalties (tied for third) while recording a 74.0 overall Pro Football Focus Grade (PFF). His skills and play likely played a role in Kolton Miller’s growth in his sophomore season. In addition, Incognito was a respected player in the locker room and was a big reason why the Raiders offensive line improved last season.

CB Nevin Lawson, 1-year, $1,893,750

The Raiders extended Lawson on January 1st. He was used primarily as CB3. He suited up for 11 games, started five games, had five passes defensed, 24 tackles, and a quarterback hit. While Lawson wasn’t the best in pass coverage he was serviceable and provides adequate depth at a low cost. In addition, he had a 79.8 PFF run defense grade. In 11 games last season, he was targeted 26 times and allowed 14 completions for 215 yds and two touchdowns.

RB Jalen Richard: 2 year, $7,000,000

The Raiders and Richard agreed to a contract extension on February 5th. Richard appeared in all 16 games, rushing for 145 yards on 39 carries while recording 36 receptions for 323 yards. Josh Jacobs is the featured running back, but Richard is an asset on passing downs. In addition, he is highly respected within the Raiders locker room and is a leader. PFF gave him a 66.1 overall grade (65.9 rushing and 68.0 receiving). He brings a vital element to the offense back and allows it to show different formations.

RB Rod Smith: 1 year, $910,000 (750k Cap Hit)

The Raiders re-signed Smith on March 25th. He only appeared in three games after being signed later in the season but didn’t record a single stat. In his five-year career, he has had 101 carries for 364 yards and caught 30 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown. While Smith isn’t going to start or even play on a constant basis, he could provide depth in case any of the current running backs in the roster go down.

LB Kyle Wilber: 1 year, $1,187,500

The Raiders re-signed Wilber on March 25th along with Rod Smith. He’s mainly played special teams and last year, he was active in 14 games (starting one). He recorded six tackles and two passes defensed. A common trend in the players the Raiders have decided to bring back is leadership skills. Wilber brings veteran leadership to the Raiders young linebacker core at a cheap price.

OG Jordan Devey: 1 year, 942,500

Devey played in four games this past season, starting all as a fill-in for Gabe Jackson, who suffered a partial MCL Tear in training camp. In his four starts, he didn’t allow a single sack and only committed two penalties. He brings depth to the Raider interior offensive line and brings a strong veteran presence to the offensive line. Moreover, he could be helpful and have a swing-guard role if the Raiders do choose to move on Jackson.

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