On paper, the new Raiders’ front office has hit the ball out of the park this off-season. They’ve managed to tackle plenty of question-marks heading into free agency, but they haven’t checked every box quite yet. Let’s take a look at some ways they can, though.
A lot has changed for the Las Vegas Raiders since I made my first free agency big board earlier in the week. The Silver and Black have found their backup quarterback, stocked up on linebackers, beefed up the interior defensive line, retained some offensive lineman, and perhaps bigger than all of those things, an All-Pro receiver on a rival team is no longer in the division.
The Raiders were very busy in free agency on Monday and Tuesday, continuing to repair damaged areas, and making sure they had the depth needed. After two fantastic days in a row via free agency, Las Vegas did nothing on Tuesday, but still scored an A+ grade that day.
How is this possible? It’s because the Kansas City Chiefs were forced to trade star wideout Tyreek Hill after the two sides failed to come to an agreement on a new contract. Even sweeter than this is the fact that Las Vegas essentially forced the contract disagreement between Hill and his now-former team, by making Davante Adams the highest-paid receiver in league history. That was the number Hill wanted to top.
With all the events that have recently taken place in the AFC West, it’s time to go back to the Las Vegas Raiders’ free agency big board and give it a touch-up. Expect a fair bit to change, which should come as no surprise, as the Raiders have been busy.