Las Vegas Raiders 2020 free agency primer: Tight Ends
By Brad Weiss
The Las Vegas Raiders have an incredible group at the tight end position, and nearly all of them are under contract for the 2020 season.
Heading into the 2019 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders had good options at the tight end position, but still felt the need to add Foster Moreau via the 2019 NFL Draft. Going into his second season with the team, Darren Waller was expected to make a major jump forward in his development, and he did all of that and more in a breakout season.
Waller would go on to be the team’s top receiving threat, becoming one of the better tight ends in all of football, and re-signing with the team during the season. Moreau played extremely well as a rookie, proving to be a legitimate red zone target, and Derek Carrier also made his presence felt time and time again.
Towards the end of the season, Moreau injured his knee during the Tennessee Titans game, and was lost for the remainder of the year. Still, he finished the year with five touchdowns, and once he is healthy again, the Raiders should be set at the position group for the upcoming season.
With that said, only one man at the position group is entering free agency in 2020.
Tomlinson was signed by the Raiders in December of the 2019 NFL season, and appeared in the team’s last three games, making one start. It was Tomlinson’s third stop, after appearing in games with the New England Patriots and New York Giants, as he was brought to Oakland for depth when Foster Moreau was lost for the season.
The Raiders will roll into Sin City with Waller, Moreau, and Carrier as their three tight ends, which means Tomlinson may not return for the 2020 NFL season. He is a good guy to have on the roster in terms of depth, and the team got enough of a look at him to possibly bring him in if someone goes down due to injury in 2020.
Overall, the tight end group for the Raiders is one of the best in the business, and it should be for years to come, as both Waller and Moreau are locked up for multiple years. Carrier is entering his last year of his contract, and will be 31-years old when the 2021 NFL season kicks off, so this could be his last in the Silver and Black.