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Oakland Raiders Free Agency Tracker 2017

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Oakland Raiders 2017 Free Agency Moves

The Oakland Raiders head into the offseason with 15 players set to hit free agency. The Raiders need to make key decisions within their roster to maintain Super Bowl contender status. With several key positions lost to other teams, Oakland has over 41 million in cap space to fill the gaps.

Surprisingly enough, after a turn around season, nearly half of Oakland’s free agents have signed elsewhere. Though they boasted an 11-5 record, the Raiders will need depth through the form of free agency.

Luckily for the Raiders, the biggest names on the roster are under contract for years to come. If the front office continues to draft well, then the team may hardly look to free agency.


The Oakland Raiders have been dead silent to begin free agency. They have made strong moves in the draft in recent history, and may look to fill gaps in the upcoming draft. Demico Autry is the long Restricted Free Agent held by Oakland and at this rate, may be the only free agent staying in Oakland.

The Raiders added help to the offensive tackle position, in signing Marshall Newhouse. With Menelik Watson departing from the offensive line, Newhouse will hopefully be a healthier option. Newhouse also posted a Pro Football Focus season grade 13 points higher than his predecessors. Oakland also resigned long snapper Jon Condo, continuing his tenure with the Raiders for his 11th season.

Oakland made a splash signing by bringing in the constant threat known as Cordarrelle Patterson. He led the league in average kick return yards at 31.68, four yards higher than the next. Perhaps the biggest signing came in the form of Tight End Jared Cook, who came off an injury prone season with the Packers. He was able to perform in the playoffs recording 227 yards on 18 receptions with a pair of touchdowns. The Raiders also signed linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Jenkins played had his most successful season in 2014, posting 110 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Jumping Ship

Unfortunately for the Raiders, all of their free agents to ink a contract this period have signed to other teams.

Most recently, Latavius Murray signed a deal with the Minnesota Vikings for 3 years. This ensures that the Raiders will be pursuing another running back this offseason.

The Lions signed D.J. Hayden to a one year deal that could pay up to $5.25 million. Hayden missed 19 games in his four seasons in the AFC West and will look to get his feet back under him in Detroit. Although the this is a loss to a beaten up secondary, Hayden was one of the players often found on the sideline.

Stacy McGee took his talents to Washington D.C. for a long term deal. He will make $25 million over the course of the next 5 years with the Redskins. While McGee played well while on the field, he was also banged up for much of last season. Though this departure hurts Oakland, they needed to fill the defensive tackle position with a more reliable player.

Another big departure is that of Safety Nate Allen, who signed with Dolphins. Although Allen accepted a one year, $3 million deal, he can earn up to $5 million in incentives. Fortunately for the Raiders, they cut ties with him prior to $4.9 million guarantee. Allen was a great playmaker for the Raiders when he could stay healthy.

Unfortunately, the Raiders also lost Linebacker Malcom Smith, who signed across the bay. Smith was one of the lowest graded Linebackers by Pro Football Focus metrics this past season.  Oakland needs to look elsewhere in order to find a dynamic playmaker in the middle of their defense. Bates to the Tennessee Titans. The Special Teams specialist is now signed to the Music City. Bates signed for one year, at just $625,000. Along with bates follows Safetly Brydon Trawick. Menelik Watson also walked away from the silver and black. He heads to the Broncos on a three year deal.