A homecoming for Kyle Van Noy
There were rumors last offseason that the Raiders would pursue Kyle Van Noy as an addition to their defense as both defensive end and linebacker. The team of course chose to sign Carl Nassib, Cory Littleton, and Nick Kwiatkoski, while Van Noy chose to head south and reunite with his former defensive coach Brian Flores in Miami.
Many of the reports linking Van Noy to the Raiders mentioned that he would be interested in heading to Las Vegas because it would be a homecoming of sorts. Van Noy was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and despite receiving scholarship offers from schools all up and down the west coast, he chose to stay relatively close to home to attend BYU.
Van Noy has professed his love for his hometown on many occasions and has done charity work in the city, primarily through his Van Noy Valor foundation which focuses on giving kids in foster care unforgettable experiences. Coming to Las Vegas would bring Van Noy close to home and as we have seen with many other NFL stars like Marshawn Lynch, the prospect of playing in or near their hometown can have a strong appeal.
This may not be a deciding factor for Van Noy but the combination of playing near his hometown and the lack of state income tax could entice him to put on the Silver and Black.