With tomorrow being June 1, the Raiders about to receive $8 million in relief from Michael Huff's June 1st cut designation, it is a good time to do a ‘Best free agents available' update. The offense is done, now we move on to the defense.
My take: A lot of names here but the list is a combination of the aged, injured, and underperforming. Raiders worked out Corey Williams this off-season and opted to sign Pat Sims.
Jonathan Fanene (DE in 3-4/DT in 4-3)
Trevor Scott (OLB in 3-4)
My take: Some value here. Never underestimate John Abraham and the others are all worth giving a shot at least on a one-year deal.
Nick Barnett (WLB/MLB in 4-3)
My take: Nick Barnett and Bart Scott top this group and there is a big dropoff from there. Spikes is good but he is 36. The rest are suspect. Gaither was signed by the Raiders last season to replace Rolando McClain.
Daryl Smith (SLB in 4-3)
Thomas Howard (WLB in 4-3)
Will Witherspoon (WLB/MLB in 4-3)
Rocky McIntosh (WLB in 4-3)
My take: Some value here but after these four, the drop is very steep.
My take: Arguably the deepest position in free agency, there are a lot of solid, talented safeties available.
My take: The only reason there this many corners listed here is because none of them really stand out. One of the weakest positions left in free agency. Raiders did very well to sign Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins.