The Las Vegas Raiders needed to revamp their linebacker group this offseason, and they did so in a big way by adding Cory Littleton.
The 2020 NFL season is going to be a special one for the Raiders franchise, as they leave the Bay Area and make their way to Sin City. The now-Las Vegas Raiders are coming off a seven-win season, which was a three game improvement from the year before, so playoffs are the new expectation this Fall.
Luckily for Raider Nation, general manager Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden have done a nice job building up this roster over the past two offseason. Between shrewd moves in free agency, and some very elite draft classes, the Raiders are younger, and more talented than previous years, and will hopefully open up their new era of football with a playoff berth.
This offseason, the Raiders were very busy revamping the roster, adding players on both sides of the ball that were deemed a necessity. One area that needed a major improvement was at linebacker, and in free agency, they addressed the position group in a big way.
In fact, when Russell Baxter of FanSided recently laid out the best addition for each NFL team this offseason, the choice was simple in his opinion. The Raiders needed more than just a little help at the linebacker position heading into 2020, and they made a splash early in free agency, adding Rams linebacker Cory Littleton.
Littleton is coming of his best season as a pro, and will be key if the Raiders want to improve a leaky defense that just could not get stops last year. Not only is he a solid tackler, but he also holds a skill that has been missing from the Raiders linebacker group for years, the ability to cover.