The Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive line may look quite different this upcoming season. They may need to move on from a few players and replenish the unit. One player they should consider adding this offseason is offensive tackle Tyler Shatley.
Who’s Tyler Shatley?
An undrafted free agent in 2014, Shatley has spent his entire seven-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although he hardly saw the field in his first two years, he eventually became the Jaguars’ primary backup interior lineman. Last season, he started 10 games and played both center and guard. Moreover, he earned a solid 67.7 Pro Football Focus grade and allowed just two sacks and one hit in 451 pass-block snaps.
There are no indications the ‘Jags’ will re-sign Shatley, so it’s likely he will hit the open market. Even though he may not garner as much demand as other linemen with a bigger profile, his flexibility to play multiple positions will surely lure a few teams.
The Raiders’ offensive line may see turnover this offseason
Left tackle Kolton Miller and center Rodney Hudson could be the only two returning starters from the Raiders’ 2020 offensive line. Las Vegas needs to free up cap space and they could move on from guards Gabe Jackson and Richie Incognito to get cap relief. Trent Brown will likely be gone and Denzelle Good is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Las Vegas could keep Jackson and/or re-sign Good, but they would still need to add depth and Shatley may be one of their best options in the open market.
The Raiders have many needs this offseason and may not be able to address all of them. They lack enough cap space and draft picks to make many meaningful additions. However, they could solidify their roster with a few bargain signings. Tyler Shatley will not be the best offensive lineman in the open market but would be a solid pickup.
You May Also Like: 5 Defensive Line Free-Agent Targets for the Raiders
Top Photo: by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images