Day one is in the books. There were some crazy numbers in the contracts of players signed around the league. Unlike the past couple years, the Raiders weren’t a major topic and whether they got in on any big time signings remains to be seen.
Though their own free agents were getting deals elsewhere; four of them to be exact — Malcolm Smith, Daren Bates, Stacy McGee, and Brynden Trawick. You can look back at day one action here.
We aren’t dwelling on the ones that got away today. It’s onwards and upwards as I have no doubt the Raiders have been working to sign at least a couple free agent starters, but will continue to do so today.
It is ‘Reggie Friday’ after all. For those unfamiliar with the term; it came about because Reggie McKenzie tends to do a lot of official business on Fridays. Many times the work was done in the days prior, but the official announcements often seem to come out on Friday. Hopefully that will once again hold true because I think there are quite a few antsy Raiders fans right about now wondering what the heck is going on.
It’s important to note that things aren’t just quiet with the Raiders. Sure there are some teams like the Browns, 49ers, and Jaguars who are going crazy in the market, but that’s not really that common.
Not coincidentally those teams are the worst in the NFL. The Raiders were in that boat for a while, but not anymore. They are behaving like a team with specific needs to address, not just filling out a roster with whomever will sign on the dotted line.
With that in mind, here is the list of Raiders free agents and Raiders wish list players who we have yet to hear of officially signing on anyone’s dotted line.
These lists will be updated throughout the day as players are signed, whether by the Raiders or another team.
Raiders free agent reports:
Menelik Watson — Signing with the Broncos
Latavius Murray visiting Jaguars Monday, Seattle Seahawks Tuesday
Perry Riley Jr — Raiders hoping to re-sign
DJ Hayden signs one-year deal worth up to $5.25 million with Lions
Nate Allen signs with the Dolphins
Raiders to host WR/KR Cordarelle Patterson Sunday
Raiders sign OT Marshall Newhouse to a 2-year deal
No word yet on Raiders free agents Andre Holmes, Mychal Rivera, and Matt McGloin.
Wish list best available:
1. Dont’a Hightower, LB, 27
6. Dontari Poe, DT, 27 — Visiting Colts. Raiders, Jaguars, Falcons, and Dolphins also interested.
8. Adrian Peterson, RB, 31 — Raiders reportedly will not try to sign him.
11. Zach Brown, LB, 27
12. Jared Cook, TE, 29 — Originally figured to re-sign with Packers, now hits market, due to addition of Martellus Bennett.
14. Eddie Lacy, RB, 26 -- Visiting Seahawks, Vikings, Packers
17. LeGarrette Blount, RB, 30
18. Kendall Wright, WR, 27
19. Victor Cruz, WR, 30
21. Johnathan Hankins, DT, 25
22. Jared Odrick, DE, 29
26. TJ McDonald, S, 26
27. Kevin Minter, LB, 26
Wish list players signed by other teams
7. Martellus Bennett, TE, 30 -- Signs with Packers
16. Riley Reiff, OT, 28 -- Signed with Vikings
20. Kelvin Beachum, OT, 27 — Signed with Jets
23. Lawrence Timmons, LB, 30 — Signed with Dolphins
24. Captain Munnerlyn, CB, 29 — Signs with Panthers
You can see the wish list players signed on day one here.