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What Will Raiders Do With Their Pending Free Agents?

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What should the Raiders do with Jalen Richard?

Mayock takes a puff of his cigar, looks at Gruden, and boom, there’s Jalen Richard, another offensive player. Gruden is disgusted, he can’t believe he hired Mayock just to tear his offense apart. Richard was re-signed in 2020 by the Raiders to a two-year $7 million dollar contract, cutting him would save the Raiders $3.5 million in cap space.

While Richard was meant to be the third-down back, Josh Jacobs needs to take on that responsibility. Also, Jacobs has to become a more reliable weapon in the passing game. What the Raiders lack is a true number-two running back, and re-signing Theo Riddick could be a start.

Gruden stands up, takes a drink from his whiskey, and yells, “Jeff Heath.” Mike Mayock shouts back. “Who?” Probably the Raiders’ best cover safety, that’s who. Heath was given a two-year $6 million dollar deal in 2020 from the Dallas Cowboys to play special teams and be a veteran presence. Who knew he’d be the best safety in 2020, making the biggest plays in the secondary. The Raiders need cap space and they need to get younger back there. Cutting Heath would save the Raiders $3 million dollars in cap relief. Look for the Raiders to go after a young free safety in free agency or in the draft.

Is Richie Incognito leaving in 2021?

Mayock, leaning back in his chair, blows out a puff of smoke and gently places down Richie Incognito and smiles. Gruden jumps out of his chair and yells out “Richieeeeeee.”

Reminiscent of the last scene in “La Bamba”, where brother Bob races to the top of the hill and yells out for his now-deceased brother Ritchie Valens. The aforementioned, 38-year-old Richie Incognito was re-signed by the Raiders in 2020 to a two-year $12.7 million dollar contract but missed all of last year with an Achilles injury.

Cutting Incognito would save the Raiders almost $6 million in cap space with no dead money. Again, the Raiders need to get younger and cheaper at the left guard position no matter how good Incognito was. The Raiders need cap space in a big way but look for them to re-sign Denzelle Good, who can play all five positions along the offensive line. Drafting a guard wouldn’t hurt either.

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1 thought on “What Will Raiders Do With Their Pending Free Agents?”

  1. I would be surprised if Heath was cut. He was easily the best safety on the team last season, and is a very good special teams player. And his contract is pretty manageable. Won’t miss anyone else on that list, though it would have been great to have had Incognito back the way he was before the injury.

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