Las Vegas Raiders: What good is cap space if you don’t know how to use it
By Nico Di Fede
Raiders did a bit better in 2020
The 2020 free agent crop was a lot better than 2019’s, though the two biggest signings in LB Cory Littleton and DT Maliek Collins failed to live up to their contracts’ worths. WR Nelson Ahgolor was a great value signing and surprised with his 2020 performance making him what should be one of the Raiders’ main re-signing targets. QB Marcus Mariota, RB Deontae Booker, and S Jeff Heath all contributed as solid backups as well.
The jury is still out on LB Nick Kwiatkoski.
It’s clear by the moves the Raiders have made that they are trying to make up for these past mistakes by clearing up cap space to fill the plethora of holes on the roster. It doesn’t help that the Raiders’ draft hauls have continued to be overall unimpressive other than the 2019 class that started strong but for the most part regressed this past season.
The Las Vegas Raiders do have the cap space to make up for past failures with the releases and restructures thus far completed. According to Spotrac, the team has around $38 million available cap space.
This is the year the Raiders need to make the playoffs for Gruden to not look like a failure in his second stint, but if the free agency blunders continue it isn’t likely they will do so.