The Las Vegas Raiders could help out their roster by adding some of these possible cap casualties from their divisional foe, the Denver Broncos, this offseason.
This Las Vegas team could poach a few players from Denver
The Raiders’ management has some decisions to make as far as who they’ll keep around for the 2021 season. It’s plausible that this team will have a very different look after this year’s free agency and the draft. This is especially true on the defensive side of the ball after such a disastrous campaign in 2020.
Like the Raiders, the Broncos will have some tough choices regarding their players, as all teams will feel the upcoming cap changes. So is there anyone that would be worth salvaging for the Silver and Black?
Kareem Jackson could help the Raiders secondary
Kareem Jackson could be a cap casualty if the Broncos feel that his production dipped from 2019 to last season. Per Spotrac, Denver could save $10 million and take $2.8 million in dead money if they part ways with him.
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Jackson could be a starting safety from the outset depending on what the team does this offseason. Johnathan Abram needs a running mate and at age 32, Jackson could be a stop-gap solution for Las Vegas. In 16 regular-season games, Jackson accumulated four passes defensed, one interception, and 67 solo tackles.
In pass coverage, Jackson was targeted 48 times and gave up 31 receptions, surrendering a 64.6 completion percentage. Jackson isn’t the only Broncos defensive back that could be cut and the Raiders should definitely consider him.
Bryce Callahan could be the third cornerback…
The Silver and Black need a reliable third corner, perhaps a second starter, to go along with Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette. The Broncos could possibly move on from Bryce Callahan despite a good campaign albeit one that was cut short by injuries. Per Spotrac, Denver would save $6.8 million with a $1.3 dead money hit.
In a season shortened by injury, Callahan had five passes defensed, two interceptions, and 36 solo tackles. Furthermore, he only gave up a 54.4 completion percentage when opposing quarterbacks targeted him. This was based on 31 completions he allowed. Also, he only surrendered 205 receiving yards on those receptions. The Broncos could feel his injury will be a concern for the money they’ll owe him. If that were to happen, Raiders brass needs to be all over this.
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