The Raiders need to add some veteran talent to their young roster. Here are five free agents Jon Gruden should target this offseason.
This is the perfect offseason for the Raiders to go out and add some established veterans to supplement their young core. The trick for Las Vegas will be choosing which free agents deserve substantial contracts. Handing out a big-money deal to the wrong guy could doom the team to mediocrity again in 2021.
Jon Gruden’s roster does have several high-profile vacancies to fill heading into the offseason. The team is still searching for a No. 1 edge rusher that can really wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. This year’s draft class isn’t chocked full of high-profile edge rushers which means free agency needs to be the avenue the Raiders choose to fill their biggest void.
Elsewhere, the team could use strengthening in the secondary and on the interior of their offensive line. It’s impossible for Las Vegas to fill all of their needs in free agency, but signing any of the following five players would represent an excellent start.
5. Joe Thuney
The Raiders could use an upgrade at guard to give their ground game a much-needed boost. Thuney might be outside the team’s price range, but he’d certainly represent an upgrade over the players Las Vegas deployed at either guard spot in 2020.
He’s not a classic mauler, but he’s got the ability to create leverage with his outstanding technique. Throw in his ability to keep Derek Carr upright more often and it’s easy to see why the Raiders would be interested in the outstanding guard. Whether or not they can create enough cap space to sign him is a different matter.