Whether the Las Vegas Raiders want to acknowledge it or not, the situation with their offensive line is a shaky one. Obviously, this coaching staff is confident in their ability to maximize what they have. That’s certainly a good thing. However, Brandon Parker clearly isn’t the answer, and now with injury concerns surrounding the tackle, there are a few free agent options that should be considered for this Raiders roster.
Before discussing any free agents, it’s worth mentioning that, perhaps, the Raiders believe Alex Leatherwood can handle duties at the right tackle slot. You would then have Lester Cotton Sr. start inside. That shouldn’t surprise folks when you take into account how he’s looked in camp and in last week’s game. At the same time, most fans are certainly nervous about the situation after the Hall of Fame Game debacle, in which Parker was clearly outclassed.
3 Free Agent Options For The Raiders Roster
This should be the obvious choice and is probably the most popular option if you were to ask fans. Obviously, Raider Nation doesn’t run the team, but Williams is certainly the best option that’s left. Having played right tackle for most of his career with the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills, Williams has been reliable thus far. Per Pro Football Focus, the former Oklahoma Sooner recorded a 72.4 pass-blocking grade last year. Prior to that, Williams posted 80.0 and 64.7 grades in the same category the two previous years, respectively.
Despite being 31 years old, the former Kansas City Chief was not re-signed by the Indianapolis Colts this past offseason. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion, Fisher would be a decent stop-gap solution at the right tackle spot. The Raiders simply need someone to hold down the spot this season. The team could target a tackle in next year’s draft, possibly in the first round. Fisher, for his part, has also been relatively reliable the last couple of years. According to PFF, Fisher is a force in the run game. In that area, he has gotten good grades the last two seasons: 73.3 and 72.7. For a team looking to establish their dominance with Josh Jacobs leading the way, Fisher wouldn’t be a bad addition.
Massie, a long-time Chicago Bear and most recently with the Denver Broncos, would be another option that the Raiders might explore. Much like Fisher, Massie’s run blocking would be a nice addition to help Josh McDaniels get his run game going.
All things considered; Massie would be a decent fit for this year. Playing for the Raiders’ AFC West rival, Massie earned a 70.0 overall grade, no easy task when you consider the level of pass rushers that exist in the division. In fact, he only surrendered five sacks and was relatively disciplined as well, receiving only one penalty the entire season. Again, none of the three aforementioned tackles are long-term solutions. Rather, they’re band-aids on an otherwise concerning situation on the Raiders’ right side of their O-line.
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