The Raiders were quite busy this offseason. Especially during the free agency period. Putting together a list of top ten newcomers might seem like too many for some teams, but not for this one.
The Raiders added some 20 new free agents this offseason. Then when you add the 7 draft picks and 8 undrafted free agent signings and you’re up to 35 newcomers.
Not all newcomers are created equal, however. Some figure to make bigger impacts in the immediate future than others. Here are the top-10 as I see it.
10. TE Jason Witten
With one of the best tight ends in the league in Darren Waller already leading the way for the Raiders and Foster Moreau looking like a great number two tight end, they didn’t exactly need one. But could they use Witten’s talents? Sure.
Last season, he came out of retirement at the age of 37 and caught 63 passes for 529 yards and 4 touchdowns. Who couldn’t use that kind of production? And he’s always been a solid blocker.
Sure, there were probably better places they could have spent the $4.75 million they’re paying him, but this isn’t really about that. Gruden figures to have a nice looking trio of tight ends to work with and we know how much he loves tight ends.