Starters: Sean Smith, David Amerson
Depth: TJ Carrie, Antonio Hamilton, Dexter McDonald
Free Agency: DJ Hayden
Smith came to the Raiders as a free agent last offseason, signing a blockbuster deal that paid him $10 million per season over four seasons. He joined Amerson who had re-signed to a long term extension after a resurgent 2015 season since being claimed off waivers earlier that season.
Their 2016 season was not up to expectations, though the ax fell on defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson for the underachieving secondary.
Carrie assumed the slot corner role and was serviceable as the former 7th rounder has been over three years with the team.
McDonald was a 2015 7th round pick and Hamilton was an undrafted rookie in 2016. Ideally they wouldn’t see the field on defense or perhaps not see the final roster.
Hayden’s fifth year option was not picked up, making him a free agent this offseason. The former 12 overall pick had a disappointing first four years in the league and is expected to move on.
Could they get by with Smith, Amerson, and Carrie as their top three? Maybe. But it’s risky. They need to add a speedy cover corner for the slot to go with the taller starters on the outside. They also need depth. An upgrade at cornerback is a must this offseason.