Every offseason, several veteran players get released unexpectedly and the transactions create shockwaves across the league. The Las Vegas Raiders have a few possible candidates that would meet that criteria, but the one causing the most chatter across the league right now is veteran linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Just one year into a four-year, $51 million contract, Van Noy was released by the Miami Dolphins in a move to create some cap relief. He was going to account for $13 million on the cap in 2021, but the Dolphins trimmed that number down to $4.75 million in dead cap by releasing him.
The decision was likely made easier by the emergence of second-year linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel as a playmaker that could fill the void left by Van Noy.
In this case, the Dolphins’ loss is the Raiders’ potential gain, as they could pursue Van Noy aggressively as they look to rebuild their defense. Let’s take a dive into all of the reasons why Van Noy would be a perfect fit with the Las Vegas Raiders, both on and off the field.