EDGE, WR, LB, FS, RB, CB, DT, OT
Available Draft Picks:
1(4), 1(24), 1(27), 2(35), 3(66), 4(107), 5(142), 6(198), 7(220), 7(237)
Starting Cap Space:
Pick 2(35) to Pittsburgh for WR Antonio Brown
Given that the Raiders have a plethora of picks this offseason, packaging an early pick to get a top 3 receiver is a great deal, even though he’s a bit of a head-case.
QB AJ McCarron to save $5,000,000
WR Seth Roberts to save $4,650,000
AJ McCarron has done nothing to prove that he deserves to be on an NFL roster and he definitely shouldn’t be getting paid $5,000,000 to do it. Draft a backup here and free up some cap space to make some moves in free agency. Seth Roberts flashed sporadically early in his career and still shows those flashes every now and then, but this is just too much money to pay a depth receiver that’s inconsistent.
TE Jared Cook for 2 years, $15,000,000
DT Johnathan Hankins for 3 years, $16,500,000
K Daniel Carlson for 1 year, $2,000,000
RB Jalen Richard for 1 year, $1,500,000
EDGE Shilique Calhoun for 1 year, $1,250,000
OT Denzell Good for 1 year, $1,150,000
LB Jason Cabinda for 1 year, $570,000 (ERFA)
Jared Cook excelled in this Raiders offense last season so bringing him back should be a must for this front office. Hankins is a player that for some reason just can’t find a place to stick around but the Raiders front office should look to change that this offseason. Daniel Carlson got off to a slow start in Minnesota last year by kicking 1/4 but really turned it on once he got to Oakland, going 16/17 so bringing him back on a prove-it deal to compete with Eddy Pineiro would be the wise choice here. Jalen Richard proved to be a valuable contributor in the passing game and no slouch in the ground game, giving him one more year while trying to find his replacement might be the best move here. Shilique Calhoun, Denzell Good, and Jason Cabinda are all being brought back for depth purposes here, and they all have the potential to be consistent players in the near future.
Free Agent Signings:
S Earl Thomas for 4 years, $54,000,000
DT Ndamukong Suh for 1 year, $15,000,000
OT Byron Bell for 1 year, $4,000,000
Although not making a ton of signings, all three of these signings would be absolutely huge for the Raiders. Earl Thomas is still a top DB in the NFL so paying him his fair value here helps set up the secondary for the next few years. Ndamukong Suh is nothing more than a mercenary at this point in his career so he’s just chasing a payday year-in and year-out while still being a dominant force in the trenches. Byron Bell was injured last year so he’ll be signing for less than he probably would’ve gotten had he been healthy last season.
1.4 – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
This pick is a little too high to grab Devin White so the Raiders look to improve their pass-rush early here by taking one of the most pro-ready prospects that fits the Raiders scheme in this year’s draft class.
1.24 – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Devin Bush is an immediate starter with a pretty high ceiling and should be an anchor in the middle of this defense for years to come.
1.27 – Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
After trading for his cousin Antonio, drafting Marquise Brown gives this offense a deep-ball threat that’s rare, even in today’s NFL full of super-athletes.
3.66 – Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
Bobby Okereke is one of the more refined coverage linebackers in the draft this year, so pairing him with Devin Bush gives the Raiders team plenty of potential and athleticism at the linebacker positions.
4.107 – Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
Christian Miller is a versatile edge defender that gives the Raiders more freedom to go multiple 4-3 or 3-4 this season.
5.142 – Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
Tyree Jackson has one of, if not the, strongest arm(s) in this 2019 class. He’d be able to sit behind Derek Carr and learn how to play QB at the next level. If Carr were to get hurt then Jackson would have plenty of new options and the arm strength to stretch the field vertically, so the offense wouldn’t be totally doomed.
6.198 – Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
Gaskin is one of those players that should be drafted late due to frame concerns but if he can hold up through the season then should be a starter.
7.220 – Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Foster Moreau is a more pro-style tight end that would benefit greatly from being able to sit behind Jared Cook and Lee Smith for a year or two before taking on the larger role. He’s a good blocker and capable receiver so Gruden should love him.
7.237 – Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke
Gilbert has good size, he knows how to make a play on the ball, and he’s pretty sticky in coverage so give him some time to grow and develop more and he can end up being a steal.
Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:
Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:
Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:
Total Cap Remaining:
QB: Derek Carr
RB: Myles Gaskin
WR1: Antonio Brown
WR2: Jordy Nelson
Slot WR: Marquise Brown
TE1: Jared Cook
TE2: Lee Smith
Offensive Line Starters
LT: Kolton Miller
LG: Kelechi Osemele
C: Rodney Hudson
RG: Gabe Jackson
RT: Donald Penn
Defensive Line Starters
WDE: Arden Key
DT: Maurice Hurst
DT: Johnathan Hankins
SDE: Clelin Ferrell
WLB: Bobby Okereke
ILB: Devin Bush
SLB: Tahir Whitehead
CB1: Gareon Conley
CB2: Nick Nelson
Slot CB: Daryl Worley
FS: Earl Thomas
SS: Kal Joseph
K: Daniel Carlson/Eddy Pineiro
P: Johnny Townsend
KOS: Daniel Carlson/Eddy Pineiro
KR: Nick Nelson
PR: Nick Nelson