It’s easy like Sunday morning today in what is the fourth day of the 2017 league year. For the Raiders, that’s been the story since Free Agency opened on Thursday. All save one free agent signing — offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse.
Free agency is second only to the draft in offseason anticipation. So, for Raiders fans, it was like the Raiders slept through the first three rounds.
Newhouse comes over the from the Giants on a 2-year deal. He isn’t the type of player on whom a team breaks the bank, so most fans thinking was so long as there wasn’t much money invested, it was fine. According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, you can rest assured it isn’t a major investment.
Marshall Newhouse Raiders deal: $3.5M, $500K gtd; salaries $1.05M, $1.55M; $500K roster bonus fifth day 2017; $500K incentive annual— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 12, 2017
His $500K guaranteed tells the story here. He is going to be competition and/or depth at right tackle and probably a utility guy as well. If by the final roster cutdown prior to the season he hasn’t earned a spot, it would be no issue to cut ties. And if he outplays it, the Raiders have the 28-year-old on a friendly deal for two seasons.
Here is what Edward Valentine from SB Nation Giants blog Big Blue View had to say about Newhouse:
Newhouse is an excellent player to have on your team as veteran depth. He's a pro with a great attitude, can play right and left tackle and even filled in at guard -- a spot he had not played since high school -- for a few games last season with the Giants.
What you do not want is Marshall Newhouse as a 16-game starter on your offensive line. He started 14 games at right tackle for the Giants in 2015, and it was not pretty. He can fill in adequately in a pinch for a game here and there, which is what makes him really valuable, but he will get exposed as a starter.
Basically potential quality depth along the offensive line with a contract that reflects that.