The Raiders have a ton of money to use going into free agency, but some of that will be used on resigning players. What players should they move on from?
The Raiders have a lot of players to look into re-signing in 2020, but what players will they re-sign? They have already extended Richie Incognito, and most would agree that bringing back players such as Daryl Worley, Benson Mayowa, and Dion Jordan should be a priority.
This past offseason, the Raiders made wholesale changes to the roster, and it resulted in the team going from four wins in 2018, to seven wins in 2019. In their first season in Las Vegas in 2020, the Silver and Black will be looking to get off on the right foot, and some of the guys coming up in free agency should be brought back.
However, there were some players who had a rough 2019 season, and some who just never got on the playing field. It is easy to look at the list of unrestricted free agents and pick out those players you would like to see back with the team in Sin City, but what about those who should look elsewhere for employment in 2020.
With that being said, what players should the Raiders move on from?
When the Raiders signed Daniel Carlson in 2018, he made an immediate impact for the organization. Carlson went 16 for 17 as the Raiders kicker that season, and it appeared that the Raiders may have struck gold. Unfortunately, Carlson showed why the Vikings moved on from him this past season, as he struggled heavily in 2019.
Carlson went 19 for 26 in 2019, only making 73% of his field goals. Carlson also missed two extra points this season. Carlson's struggles surely hurt the team this season, leaving points on the board in close games.
Carlson missed a PAT against the Chargers, giving Los Angeles a chance to drive down the field and win the game with a field goal, as the Raiders only had a two-point lead instead of a three-point lead late in the game.
Carlson also missed a field goal against the Jaguars, a kick that could have changed the course of the game. He also missed a field goal against the Broncos in the final game of the season, as the Raiders lost by one point.
Missed kicks can completely change the course of a game, and there is no doubt that the Raiders lost momentum multiple times this season because Carlson missed a kick. If a kicker is not reliable, he should be let go.
When Curtis Riley was on the field this season, Raiders fans across the world knew what was going to happen. Riley was awful at playing his coverages, giving up deep touchdowns nearly every time he was on the field.
Riley did not record a single interception this season, despite getting playing time in most games. If a player is a clear liability, he should be let go, and I believe not bringing back Curtis Riley is an obvious choice.
Not only was Riley bad at coverage and tackling, but he also destroyed his own teammate in Week 16, colliding with Trayvon Mullen in a scary helmet to helmet collision because of his poor tackling form. If the Raiders bring back Curtis Riley, Raider Nation will be the angriest group of people on earth.
Dwayne Harris rarely saw the field this season due to injury, and the decision to bring him back will be one of the toughest for the Raiders to make this offseason. Harris was used primarily as a return man during the 2018 NFL season, proving that he is one of the best in the league.
With that being said, Harris has only returned one kickoff for a touchdown in his career, although he has returned four punts for touchdowns in that span. His 99-yard touchdown run against Denver in 2018 was one of the highlights of the season, but his time in the Silver and Black should come to an end this offseason.
Harris is no doubt great at what he does but is it worth it to keep him on the roster for his return abilities? Personally, I believe Hunter Renfrow or Jalen Richard would be great return men, or maybe even a young, fast receiver that the Raiders could draft.
Usually, I would not pay too much attention to a backup quarterback, but with the quarterback situation in Oakland, this may be an important position. Mike Glennon is by no means a bad backup, but if the Raiders are seriously considering replacing Derek Carr, Mike Glennon has no place on this roster.
Whether Carr is the guy or not, I would expect the Raiders to bring in a young, dynamic QB to the roster to play behind Carr, or maybe even replace him. Glennon has nothing special about his game, and if Carr ever goes down, Glennon is not going to lead this team to many victories.
The 2019 season was definitely a step in the right direction for the Raiders franchise, but the expectations are going to be much bigger in their first season in Las Vegas. They once again have a lot of draft capital, and a good salary cap number, so now we have to sit back and see what Mike Mayock can do once again this offseason.