Richard Sherman is near the top of the list
The free agent pickings are getting slim — as shown here on the NFL.com’s top 101 free agents — and there isn’t a lot of top talent left.
The Raiders, who have some salary cap room left but not a ton, still have work to do. Among their top needs are:
- Right tackle
- Free safety
Let’s look at some good fits who are still on the market:
He’s aruguably the best safety available. He isn’t premier, but he’s solid. The Raiders can probably sign him to a short-term deal and see what they get out of him. Malik Hooker of the Colts is still out there as well.
Sherman has been connected to the Raiders for months and as long as he stays on the market, the possibility remains. He would fill the Raiders’ need for a veteran cornerback and, of course, he has played for new Las Vegas defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, in Seattle.
The Raiders don’t have a huge need at linebacker, but they could always get better and Wright knows Bradley’s defense from their days in Seattle together. If other fits at need positions don’t develop, a Wright signing couldn’t hurt.
This is a wild one because he is coming off a serious injury and he may retire. But talent wise, Schwartz is one of the best free agents available and he would be a great right tackle option for the Raiders. It’s worth thinking about.
He’s another former Bradley player and he will probably be cheaper than Sherman. This one could make some real sense as the Raiders look for a veteran cornerback.
There are other fits as well, but there’s reason to think all of these players could fit with Las Vegas for various reasons.