Ndamukong Suh among players Las Vegas Raiders could consider with June 1 cap relief – Las Vegas Raiders Blog


HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders have 88 players on their offseason roster of 90, and while they drafted two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen and a pair of running backs, they still have needs as they enter the home stretch of their offseason schedule.

Particularly at the right tackle and in the secondary.

Consider: While Las Vegas currently has just over $6 million in salary cap space, according to ESPN Stats & Information — only five teams have less — relief comes next week. Because with the June 1 designations applied to the March 16 outings of defensive end Carl Nassib and linebacker Cory Littleton, the Raiders will receive an additional $19.8 million in salary cap space. As a measure, only four teams had more than $20 million in total cap space coming in this week.

So, with cap space and future needs, what will the Raiders do under new management with general manager Dave Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels? What should they do?

Keep in mind the Raiders have already handed out big bucks this offseason, the $233.565 million spent in cash was the 11th most in the NFL.

Some potential Las Vegas options to chew on, then, with organized team activities continuing this month and a mandatory three-day minicamp scheduled for June 7-9.

Another defensive tackle, are you Suh, uh, sure?

Listen to me here. Of course, the Raiders already have 27 defensive tackles on the roster (the actual number is eight, but it seems more), having signed Bilal Nichols in free agency, re-signed Johnathan Hankins and drafted Neil Farrell Jr. and Matthew Butler , among other movements. But coach Josh McDaniels said he likes to make a force, well, stronger. Imagine, then, perennial bad boy Ndamukong Suh adjusting to the NFL’s former bad boys.

Sure, Suh is 35 and the five-time Pro Bowler’s best days are behind him, but he hasn’t missed a game since 2011 and only missed two in his career. Suh had six sacks in each of his last two seasons, with 32 combined hits at QB. Teaming him up with Nichols, who has combined eight sacks over the past two seasons, to collapse the inside pocket would free up defensive ends Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones.

More depth for the secondary

Linked to Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson and James Bradberry this offseason, as fans chomped at the bit for Tyrann Mathieu, the Raiders haven’t landed any.

Las Vegas acquired Rock Ya-Sin in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for point carrier Yannick Ngakoue, but presumptive starter Trayvon Mullen Jr., who battled a toe injury and only played five games last season, just had undisclosed surgery on one of his feet. And while Nate Hobbs and Tre’von Moehrig solidified their spots in the slot and at free safety, respectively, strong safety Johnathan Abram didn’t have his fifth-year option picked up by the Raiders. Yet the Raiders also did nothing to acquire his replacement.

Kevin King — a second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2017, who has seven interceptions in 51 career games, 42 starts — is still on the market. He also played safety in college, and versatility is key to new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s plan. And if you want to go further with a vet, Richard Sherman is still out there, and maybe a transition to safety is in his future.

What about the second line of defense?

Let’s see, Las Vegas has a Pro Bowler in center linebacker Denzel Perryman, a rising cover linebacker in Divine Deablo and a guy who knows Graham’s scheme in Kyler Fackrell. Other than that, a lot of list filler type guys.

If the Raiders decide to kick the tires on a vet, or two, they could do worse than Anthony Barr, who started 98 games over the past eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and went to four Pro Bowls, and Dont ‘a Hightower, who spent the last nine years with the Patriots. I’ve mentioned Hightower as a potential pickup for the Raiders before, but wondered if, at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Hightower might not be sleek enough for Graham’s more multiple defense.

Who plays the right tackle?

One scenario could see last year’s first-round pick Alex Leatherwood stepping down to play the position he was drafted for before being moved inside to guard right after four games. Another sees Brandon Parker, who started 12 games at right tackle as a rookie in 2018 and replaced Leatherwood last season away from home, getting an extended look after signing a one-year, $3.5million deal dollars this spring.

Derek Carr was sacked 40 times last season, the second of his career. Two veteran right tackles are out there in Riley Reiff, who started 12 games for the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals before injuring his ankle and missing the playoffs and Super Bowl, and Daryl Williams, who has started 33 of 33 games the past two years. for the Buffalo Bills.

Take care of theirs

McDaniels could enter training camp with the roster as is. And that could mean extensions for the guys already under contract, having already taken care of Crosby and Carr.

In fact, Carr said he wanted his deal to be amicable enough for the team to deal with Pro Bowl slot receiver Hunter Renfrow and tight end Foster Moreau. Carr later mentioned tight end Darren Waller.

Renfrow, whose 103 catches last season were the second in franchise history by a catcher, appears to be first in line for overtime after being found in the fifth round by the Raiders in 2019. Waller, meanwhile , hired a new agency early last season at Klutch Sports, and despite being one of the best tight ends in the NFL, he suffered an injury-plagued season that cost him six games. His strike total has gone from a franchise-high 107 in 2020 to 55 and, with the addition of Davante Adams on the outside and Carr’s confidence in Renfrow in the slot, you have to wonder how that will affect Waller’s production and the projected value for the new regime.


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