Lowered salary cap would affect Las Vegas Raiders in a big way in 2021
What to do with Lamarcus Joyner?
One of the key free agent signings of the 2019 league year for the Raiders was cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, who was expected to come in and lead the team’s secondary last season. Instead, the coverted safety struggled mightily as the slot corner for the Raiders, and his big salary could be shed next offseason.
Joyner will have a cap hit of $11.2 million, and would cost the team only $2.5 million if they decided to move on from him. During the 2020 NFL Draft, the Raiders got an absolute steal with Amik Robertson out of Louisiana Tech in the fourth round, and all indicators are that he will be the slot corner of the future for the team.
The veteran is going to get the chance to continue in his role this summer, but Robertson appears to be a man on a mission based on what we saw from him in college, and his Twitter feed.
At the time this was written, all rookies but Henry Ruggs III had not been signed yet, so that will have another big impact on the salary cap in 2021 and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that nobody is safe when it comes to the long-term affects, even big-time sports like the NFL, and big-time franchises like the Raiders.