Las Vegas Raiders roster being built for long term success
Earn-it deals in free agency
While Mike Mayock has spent good money on some key players, including right tackle Trent Brown, who was named to a Pro Bowl in his first season in the Silver and Black. Linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski were brought in on multi-year deals this offseason, as the team looks to completely makeover the position group, but that was a necessity after how bad the team was in that area in 2019.
In terms of free agency, Mayock has also worked his magic on prove-it deals, and you have to look no further than Richie Incognito to see a signing that worked out. Incognito did not play in the NFL in 2018, but came back strong with the Raiders, proving to be one of the best guards in the game, and earning a two-year extension.
This offseason, the team has built up the roster by bringing in some veteran guys on one-year deals, including Maliek Collins, who Gruden has said will be the anchor of the defense. Jason Witten and Nelson Agholor are two veterans who are going to help in the passing game, and Prince Amukamara and Damarious Randall are expected to fight for starting jobs in the secondary.
All five of those guys have this season to show they will be a part of the long-term solution in Las Vegas.
Looking at this team, there is more depth than there has ever been, and the youth is what could turn the Raiders into a franchise to be taken seriously for the foreseeable future. Instead of dishing out big money for rentals, Mayock is building this team with his draft picks, and a good blend of free agent pick ups, revamping the roster in a way that should make fans of the team very excited.