Raiders: Grades for the second wave of 2022 free agency
Wrapping it up
- Grade: B
Much like wave one, there’s a consistent theme here: One-year prove it deals.
Las Vegas is taking no risk on most of these deals, while all have the chance to pay dividends. This type of deal only makes a player more hungry to prove his worth and get paid in the following season, so I applaud this tactic.
My one qualm, much like wave one, is the offensive line. This is the one spot where the Raiders could’ve been better, but unfortunately, general manager Dave Ziegler claims there are no offensive linemen on the market they’re interested in.
Now, it’s unfair to assume there are no plans to address the offensive line in the draft due to the disinterest in remaining free agents. Ziegler continues to express interest in trading up in the 2022 NFL draft, and perhaps that’s the card Las Vegas intends on playing.
Regardless, it would be a disappointment to continue onward with the offensive line as is. After all, this was a bottom-five ranked line last year, and the only two moves involve retaining players from last season.
Earlier in the month, the Las Vegas Raiders traded their first and second-round picks for All-Pro Davante Adams. Ziegler hasn't ruled out a trade up, though
If the Raiders made an outside move in the offensive line department, this grade could’ve gone higher. Still, depth was addressed for every unit, and it’s hard to find a negative takeaway from that.