Experts feel Oakland Raiders most improved so far in free agency
By Brad Weiss
The Oakland Raiders have improved their roster this offseason, and the experts feel they are the most-improved team so far since free agency began.
The Oakland Raiders have been off and running since the offseason began, stacking talented players seemingly every other day. What started with a trade for star wide receiver Antonio Brown, has turned into the team getting a great haul in free agency, and there is still work to be done.
ESPN had their experts decide on which teams are the most-improved since the first wave of free agency started, and the Silver and Black were listed on more than one occasion.
In fact, while the New York Jets were listed twice, Oakland was the only team listed three times, showing how far they have come this offseason. The hiring of Mike Mayock has proven to be a great one, as he and Jon Gruden look to be the right tandem to turn this thing around in 2019 and beyond.
With four picks in the top-35 this upcoming draft, the Raiders could be a team that surprises some people in 2019.
Of the eight experts on the panel, three of them chose the Raiders, a group that includes Mina Kimes, Dan Graziano, and Mike Sando. All of them referenced how huge the addition of AB will be for this Raiders offense, while Trent Brown should help solidify the offensive line.
While Antonio and Trent Brown are huge names, Oakland also brought in some dynamic players in Lamarcus Joyner and Tyrell Williams, two men who will be expected to play a huge role for the team next season. On Tuesday, the team signed former Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker to a one-year deal, bringing in more talent at the position, albeit a guy who has had issues in the past.
Outside of the Raiders and Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills rounded out the group. For Oakland, this has been an incredibly productive first couple of weeks of free agency, and the draft is only five weeks away.
Oakland not only has brought in talent from the outside, but has also re-signed some big-time contributors from last season, including safety Erik Harris, and special teams star Dwayne Harris. There is still work to be done, but you have to be happy with what the team is looking like heading into April.