Should Raiders Welcome Back TJ Carrie To Man The Slot?

The Las Vegas Raiders have yet to do something about their deficiencies at free safety and cornerback this free agency period. Perhaps, welcoming back TJ Carrie to man the slot could provide short-term relief.

The Silver and Black decided to part ways with defensive back Lamarcus Joyner this offseason. This is somewhat surprising. Especially when you consider he lined up at the slot even though he previously excelled as a safety. Nevertheless, here we are and the Raiders have not replaced Joyner. One option is Amik Robertson taking more snaps but is he actually ready to be the full-time starter? The NFL draft is an option but why not take a flyer and welcome back TJ Carrie to where his career started.

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Why should the Raiders consider Carrie?

Pro Football Focus recently listed Carrie as one of the best 100 available NFL free agents. They highlight that Carrie has excelled in the slot over these past three seasons. In fact, Carrie has graded at 72.8 on 878 snaps while in that position, though he’s shown he’s a liability on the outside. It’s possible the Raiders could land Carrie with a one-year $1.25 million contract as PFF predicts.

Carrie can still play at a high level as shown in previous stops with the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns. While playing for the Colts last year, Carrie played in 15 games, starting two, and was targeted 40 times in defending the pass. He gave up only 23 completions, totaling 309 yards and two touchdowns. No one is suggesting that Carrie is a long-term solution, especially not at 30, and soon-to-be 31 years old. Rather, he could provide depth at both slot corner and free safety, giving the Raiders time to figure out what they want to do long-term at those positions.

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*Top Photo: Ron Schwane/Associated Press

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