What Will Raiders Do With Their Pending Free Agents?

Arden Key #99 (Chris Booker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Will the Raiders finally move on from the Arden Key experiment?

Gruden, now composed but slightly drunk puts down Arden Key, Mayock shrugs his shoulders because he has no idea who that is, and neither do NFL quarterbacks. Key was drafted in the third round in 2018 by the Raiders and given a four-year $3. million dollar contract. At the time, draft analysts were saying Key was a steal because of his pass-rush ability and first-round talent but off-the-field issues led to his draft fall.

In three years, Key has three sacks, eight tackles for a loss, and 26 quarterback hits. Cutting him would save the Raiders $2.1 million dollars in cap space with a dead cap space of about $206,594. You can’t have enough pass rushers, but Key could be just dead weight.

How would the salary cap shape up for the Raiders?

The Raiders are currently $18.6 million dollars over the projected floor of a $180 million dollar salary cap when the new league year starts on March 17th. Cutting Tyrell Williams, Lamarcus Joyner, Richie Incognito, Jalen Richard, Jeff Heath, and Arden Key would save the Raiders about $34 million dollars in cap space. Here’s what happens with the following three players.

Let’s start with what has been reported, the release of Gabe Jackson. Cutting the right guard saves the Raiders another $9.6 million dollars in cap space. With that cut and Incognito possibly gone, it appears the guard position will look very different. It’s imperative the Raiders re-sign Denzelle Good, sign a guard in free agency or draft another guard. More than likely, all three scenarios play out.

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