For years, cut-down day was a big one for Oakland — not because they had tragically tough decisions to make, but because everyone knew that plenty of guys were getting cut that could improve the Raiders. That doesn't appear to be the case in 2016 — this time, it's the Raiders cutting high quality guys who figure to catch on somewhere.
With that said, it doesn't mean the wire is bare.
While the Raiders are deep at places like defensive line and offensive line, there are some holes remaining on the 53-man roster — so who is newly available that might be a good fit?
Justin Forsett, Dexter McCluster, Ronnie Hillman or Andre Williams?
Apparently for some teams running back is a position of depth (albeit veteran depth), but that isn't necessarily the case in Oakland. Last year, the Raiders signed Roy Helu Jr in hopes of bolstering their backfield but that move never panned out.
This year, the team added DeAndre Washington in the draft but it remains to be seen if he's ready to be a full-time backup to Latavius Murray. On 32 carries this preseason, Washington averaged just 3.8 YPC — albeit mostly behind the second-string offensive line. Of course, even Murray remains the weak-point on what has become an incredibly strong offense — which begs the question: is there room for one of these veterans?
Honestly, it wouldn't be surprising. Bring a guy in that allows Washington to learn the offense while bolstering the team in the short-term. My pick here would be Forsett, with UDFA Jalen Richard being the roster casualty.
Dee Milliner, Arthur Brown
I lump these guys together because the reason for taking a look is the same: guys who entered the league with high expectations but just haven't panned out. While not every former prospect is the next David Amerson, both these guys play positions that could be of some use in Oakland.
Milliner, the 2013 first round pick, could come to Oakland and learn the defense while adding depth to what has become a transformed defensive backfield. This one is unlikely, however, with DJ Hayden already filling the "disappointing 2013 first round pick as a defensive back" void in Oakland.
Brown is interesting simply because he plays a position that remains a question mark: linebacker.