2017 RAIDER FREE AGENTS –
Here are the Oakland Raider 2017 Free Agents. All are UFA.
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.