The Raiders brought in Lamarcus Joyner this offseason, and paid a hefty price tag for the former franchise tagged defender.
Joyner signed a four-year, $42 million deal last offseason, but the Raiders can cut bait with zero dead cap after the conclusion of the 2019 season. With only one season of guaranteed money on the books, Joyner could be hitting the free agent market once again as he’s put together a very underwhelming season in his first year under Jon Gruden.
Joyner’s primary role of slot cornerback has been a huge let down after the front office and coaching staff believed they had the position filled with the addition of Joyner. In 11 games this season, he’s allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete passing at a rate of 69.5% — not ideal for those numbers to come from Oakland’s highest price defensive player.
The last three games will be very telling whether or not the Raiders will retain Joyner next season or part ways and go elsewhere. Gruden still remains very positive when speaking on behalf of Joyner, but his play on the field this season has been extraordinary displeasing.