Brandon Olsen
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Team Needs:

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:

$69,793,031

Trades:

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.

Restructures:

None

Cuts:

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.

Re-signings:

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.

Draft Results:

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:

$19,470,000

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$32,500,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$13,000,274

Total Cap Remaining:

$2,342,757

Backfield Starters

QB: Derek Carr

RB: Myles Gaskin

Receiver Starters

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

Linebacker Starters

WLB: Bobby Okereke

ILB: Devin Bush

SLB: Tahir Whitehead

Secondary Starters

CB1: Gareon Conley

CB2: Nick Nelson

Slot CB: Daryl Worley

FS: Earl Thomas

SS: Kal Joseph

Special Teamers

K: Daniel Carlson/Eddy Pineiro

P: Johnny Townsend

KOS: Daniel Carlson/Eddy Pineiro

LS: UDFA

KR: Nick Nelson

PR: Nick Nelson

1 Comment

Only gripes I have are signing Suh and trading for Brown. The rest looks great. Especially like the defensive draft picks. I would go for a back like Elijah Holyfield but Gaskin is a baller so not a big gripe.

We could throw the money from Suh at Shelton, Covinton or Peko and get the same of similar production without the headache potential.

I don’t want Brown on this team. We could use the pick on a wideout like Metcalf, Harry, Harmon, Samuel or RIley. Even trade down in the round and get one of those guys and more picks. The cost/loss comparison just isn’t worth it for a 30+yr old, $20mil cap hit diva.

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