2017 RAIDER FREE AGENTS

2017 RAIDER FREE AGENTS – 

Here are the Oakland Raider 2017 Free Agents. All are UFA.

 

2017 Raider Free Agents: Is Latavius Murray leaving?

 

LATAVIUS MURRAY – RB

There’s lots of speculation Murray will be allowed to sign elsewhere without much of a fight.  We say not so fast.  The wage scale for RBs is ever shrinking and there are ways for Reggie McKenzie to be creative.  Rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington had solid seasons but Murray added a physicality to the running game the smaller backs couldn’t.  In 2016, Murray showed significant improvement in the receiving game and picking up the blitz. We’d like to see him stay in Oakland but know dollars might prevent that.

 

STACY MCGEE — DT

Stacy missed 7 games last year due to injury and 12 over the past 3 years.  That will make some but not all teams shy away from him in free agency.  We actually expect the resigning of McGee to heat up if the Raiders don’t make an early offer.  When healthy last year he was Oakland’s best interior pass rusher.  They still need a lot of interior help beyond McGee but losing him would only compound the problem.

 

MALCOM SMITH – LB

Signed in 2015, Smith has been a strong teammate and Oakland’s leading tackler the past two seasons.  What he’s failed to do is elevate the players around him and defend the pass at a consistently high level.  That has folks predicting a free agent departure.  But if you let Malcom walk, who do the Raiders replace him with…a top tier free agent?  We think the Raiders would be better suited spending that money on a DT that can generate a pass rush and the defensive backfield.

 

NATE ALLEN – S

Nate’s experience and leadership are countered against his knees and age.  Doubtful another team picks him up at his 2016 $3M salary.  Therefore the Oakland Raiders could and should resign him at a lower salary.

 

DJ HAYDEN – CB

DJ Hayden was an on the field liability his first three years but his performance improved in 2016, playing primarily in the slot.  Even then he was average at best.  The talent may not be there but the kid gives his all.  Depending on what the Raiders do in free agency and the draft, it may be worthwhile to give Hayden another shot at a salary substantially lower than the $2.6M he earned in 2016.

 

MATT MCGLON – QB

The Silver and Black sign him to compete in training camp.  If they keep only two QBs, his tenure with the Raiders is over.

 

ANDRE HOLMES – WR

The Raiders need to resign Andre Holmes but chances are he leaves for a team that will utilize him as a third or even a second WR.  Holmes had 14 receptions in 2016 as a backup WR.

 

MENELIK WATSON – RT

A fan favorite, Watson’s injuries have hurt his free agent prospects.  He was salaried at $1.2M in 2016 and will probably get a small bump due to potential.  The Raiders resign him as a reliable backup while looking for an overall upgrade in the draft or FA.  8th year RT Austin Howard is still under contract.

 

JON CONDO – LS

Entering his 11th year, hard to see Condo leaving on his own.

 

BRYNDEN TRAWICK – S

True worth is special teams and needs to be resigned.  Made $800k in 2016.

 

PERRY RILEY – LB

Signed last year after the season started, Riley had a decent year for the Oakland Raiders.  He played for only $800k last year and will get paid more in free agency due to his 2016 performance.  At a minimum he would provide Oakland with depth at the LB spot.

 

DAREN BATES – LB

Special Teams player worth resigning.  Was paid $700k in 2016.

 

MYCHAL RIVERA – TE

Mychal has showed flashes at times but never materialized into a receiving threat.  The Raider have platooned the TE positon the last few years and regardless of salary, Rivera may search out a change of scenery to get more playing time and kick start his career.

 

 

2017 Raiders Free Agents

RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS

RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS:  The Oakland Raiders shed several demons by posting a winning record and making the playoffs.  As good as it was, we’ll all look back at 2016 knowing it could have been much more had Derek Carr stayed healthy.  And now expectations are high for the 2017 campaign.  Before we get there, however, we’re pausing to hand out Team Awards.

 

RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS
RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS – Offensive Line Coach, Mike Tice

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS

COACHING
At one point, we, like so many others were looking at Jack Del Rio as the NFL’s Head Coach of the Year. Then came the loss of Derek Carr. It wasn’t that Oakland lost the season finale to Denver and thus the AFC West. Nor was it the loss to Houston in the Wildcard. Losing a potential MVP QB is difficult and the shoulder injury to Matt McGloin only confounded the problem. It was rather, that the Raiders were vastly outplayed in those final two games. It was Del Rio’s job to get his players to rise up and “embrace the suck”. Forget NFL Coach of the Year, he’s not even our Raider Coach of the Year.

That award goes to Offensive Line Coach, Mike Tice. The Raiders offensive line was arguably one of the NFL’s best despite injuries ravaging the Tackle position. Throughout the year five different players manned the Right Tackle spot and Tice did a masterful job preparing his men across the entire line. Losing Donald Penn showed an utter lack of depth at a key position but we put that more on GM Reggie McKenzie and to a certain extent Jack Del Rio.

 

RAIDERS TEAM AWARDS
RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS – Khalil Mack and Derek Carr

 

OFFENSE

There’s no debate, it’s Derek Carr. He ended the year with 26 TDs, only 6 picks, and a QBR of 96.7. In reality, in today’s NFL, those stats are very good but not exceptional. What made Carr special was his 7 4th quarter comebacks and a 4th quarter QBR of 110.1. The number of comebacks were second only to Matthew Stafford and the rating second only to Tom Brady. Carr’s prowess energized the Raiders with confidence and propelled them to the playoffs.

Looking for a runner up? Our 2015 offensive MVP, WR Michael Crabtree, led the team with 89 receptions and 8 receiving TDs. He also led the NFL with 9 drops. WR Amari Cooper led the team with 1,153 yards but often disappeared in the second half. RB Latavius Murray racked up 788 rushing yards and 12 TDs (5th in NFL). He was also tied for 4th with 33 receptions. Murray struggled with pass protection early in his career but turned things around in 2016. His running brought physicality and attitude to the Raider running game. And thus Latavius Murray is our runner up, albeit it’s wide chasm between #1 and #2.

 

RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS
RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS – FS Reggie Nelson

 

DEFENSE

Once again, there’s no debate. Khalil Mack accounted for 44% of the Raiders sacks (11 of 25). He was the Raiders second leading tackler and was second in the NFL with 5 forced fumbles. His 25 QB Hurries were nearly double the nearest Raider (Irvin with 14). He also led the team in Stuffs and Tackles for Loss. The defensive players continuously looked to Mack for leadership and game breaking plays.

Although the secondary was much aligned, our runner up is FS Reggie Nelson. Nelson led the team with 5 interceptions and was second on the team with 12 Passes Defensed. His 12 PDs ranked second among NFL Safeties. He also played every defensive snap for the Oakland Raiders, which is quite a statement. Bruce Irvin didn’t have the year many hoped for but was forceful at times. He recorded 7 sacks and led the NFL with 6 forced fumbles.

 

oakland raiders 2016 team awards
RAIDERS 2016 TEAM AWARDS – Brynden Trawick

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Lacking an elite returner, this award usually goes to the Kicker or Punter. Yet Janikowksi was only 3 of 8 from 50+ whereas King was golden for most of the season but began to wane in the final weeks. We debated this pick to the very end as some felt Marquette King should be the MVP but others were bothered by his performance in the final weeks and the killer punt return for a TD versus Denver. In the end, we’re giving our Special Teams MVP Award to Specialist Brynden Trawick who recorded 15 ST tackles, 4th best in the NFL.

 

 

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