Wide receiver Nelson Agholor has had a career year with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, but after signing a one-year deal with the Raiders in the offseason, he may be one and done in Sin City.
Nelson Agholor has been a revelation for the Raiders
The 2020 season has surely not played out the way the Raiders originally hoped. They’re currently 7-8 and one game away from tying last year’s 7-9 record. Nevertheless, there have been some positives and Agholor has been one of them. While rookies Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards got the spotlight heading into the offseason, ‘Nelly’ has had the biggest impact for the Silver and Black in 2020.
So far, Agholor has hauled in 47 receptions for 839 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. Moreover, he’s currently is tied with tight end Darren Waller for the most receiving touchdowns. Looking back, this Las Vegas team got a bargain when they gave the former Philadelphia Eagles wideout a one-year $1.05 million deal.
There are some tough decisions ahead
Agholor is showing he can play the way the ‘Birds’ thought when they made him a first-round selection. It took a while, but the USC standout has performed well and will surely like to be compensated accordingly. Vic Tafur of the Athletic says that even though there’s mutual interest between the Raiders and the wideout to reach a new deal, all signs point to Agholor wanting to see what his value is.
The Raiders currently are $7.6 million over the cap, according to Over the Cap. They aren’t in a position to hand big contracts and may have a hard time bringing Agholor back. They can quickly get out of the red by parting ways with players such as Tyrell Williams, Gabe Jackson, Lamarcus Joyner, and Trent Brown. Nevertheless, even if they have a healthy balance, they may be better off investing in their defense.
Agholor has really stepped up in 2020, but the Raiders have Ruggs, Renfrow, and Edwards on the roster. He’s certainly been an asset this season, but the team should be alright without him. As great as it would be to have him back next season, the Silver and Black has more pressing needs to address in the offseason. In a year when not everything went the way most expected, Raider Nation should be pleased with Agholor’s performance in 2020.
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