2017 Free Agency Preview: Oakland Raiders
Top free agent targets for the Oakland Raiders, players that must be re-signed, team cap space, and more to get you ready for 2017 free agency.
2017 Free Agency Preview: Oakland Raiders
[Editor’s note: This preview was originally published on Feb. 28, 2017, and updated on March 6 to reflect changes in the market do to franchise tags, re-signings, cuts, etc.]
What you need to know
The Raiders are a lot of analysts’ sexy pick for the Super Bowl, and they might very well have made it there last year had it not been for the late-season injury to quarterback Derek Carr. With the 11th-most cap room in the league, the time for them to strike in free agency is now.
Salary cap room
- Defensive interior
- Offensive tackle
Notable free agents
- Perry Riley, LB, 84.8 overall grade in 2016
- Stacy McGee, DI, 84.5
- Latavius Murray, RB, 73.1
- Malcolm Smith, LB, 49.7
Perry Riley, LB, 84.8 overall grade in 2016
For the second year in a row, the Raiders picked up a player who had struggled with the Washington Redskins and got a highly productive year out of him. Riley had his highest-graded season since entering the league and missed just three tackles over the course of the season. Oakland would be wise to keep him around, at least on another short-term deal.
A.J. Bouye, CB, Houston Texans, 90.9
The Raiders could really do with making a splash at cornerback this offseason, and Houston’s Bouye would be the ideal candidate to fill that need. Coming off his best season as a pro at just the right time, Bouye is primed to cash in this offseason. Targeted 97 times including the playoffs, Bouye allowed a reception on just 50.5 percent of those targets, coming away with three interceptions and 14 pass breakups in the process.
Top 2017 free agency prospects
Chris Baker, DI, Washington Redskins, 82.2
Going back to the Washington well for the third year in a row would be a smart move for the Raiders. Baker ranked 14th among 3-4 defensive ends with a pass-rushing productivity rating of 7.2 last year, and would add some strength to Oakland’s interior pass rush.
Ricky Wagner, OT, Baltimore Ravens, 84.5
The Raiders could really do with upgrading the right tackle spot on their offense, and Wagner would be a perfect fit should he not be re-signed in Baltimore. Wagner was one of the best right tackles in the NFL last year, giving up just 32 total pressures over the course of the year. He has never been a dominant run-blocker during his four-year career, but his work in pass protection is reason enough to sign him.
Morris Claiborne, CB, Dallas Cowboys, 84.7
Claiborne has had a fairly disappointing career so far, but turned in the best season of his career in 2016. He allowed just 51.9 percent of the throws into his coverage to be caught last year, and would be a really smart signing on a one-year, prove-it type of deal where the Raiders can see if he has really turned his career around.
2017 NFL Team Free Agency Previews
|NFC East||Dallas Cowboys|
|NFC East||New York Giants|
|NFC East||Philadelphia Eagles|
|NFC East||Washington Redskins|
|AFC East||Buffalo Bills|
|AFC East||Miami Dolphins|
|AFC East||New England Patriots|
|AFC East||New York Jets|
|NFC West||Arizona Cardinals|
|NFC West||Los Angeles Rams|
|NFC West||San Francisco 49ers|
|NFC West||Seattle Seahawks|
|AFC West||Denver Broncos|
|AFC West||Kansas City Chiefs|
|AFC West||Los Angeles Chargers|
|AFC West||Oakland Raiders|
|NFC North||Chicago Bears|
|NFC North||Detroit Lions|
|NFC North||Green Bay Packers|
|NFC North||Minnesota Vikings|
|AFC North||Baltimore Ravens|
|AFC North||Cincinnati Bengals|
|AFC North||Cleveland Browns|
|AFC North||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|NFC South||Atlanta Falcons|
|NFC South||Carolina Panthers|
|NFC South||New Orleans Saints|
|NFC South||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|AFC South||Houston Texans|
|AFC South||Indianapolis Colts|
|AFC South||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|AFC South||Tennessee Titans|
Gordon McGuinness | Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst
Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.