As the offseason began, the Raiders had 13 players who were headed for free agency. And at the start of the new league year March 9, they still had 13 players who became unrestricted free agents. In the tow months between the end of the 2016 season and the start of free agency. Since that time they have yet to re-sign any of them either.
Meanwhile 9 of those 13 players has signed with other teams. Here are those players with the deals they signed elsewhere:
Malcolm Smith — Signed with 49ers on 5-year, $26.5 million deal
Daren Bates — Signed with Titans on 3-year $6 million deal
Stacy McGee — Signed with Washington on 5-year, $25 million deal
Brynden Trawick — Signed with Titans 2-year deal worth max $6.85 million deal
Menelik Watson — Signed with Broncos on 3-year, $18.4 million deal
D.J. Hayden — signed with Lions on one-year deal worth up to $5.25 million deal
Nate Allen — signed with Dolphins on one-year, $3.4 million deal
Latavius Murray — signed with Vikings on three-year, $15 million deal
Andre Holmes — Signed with Bills on three-year, $6.5 million deal
Just four of the Raiders’ free agents remain. They are:
LS Jon Condo
QB Matt McGloin
LB Perry Riley Jr
TE Mychal Rivera
Of those four remaining unsigned free agents, Jon Condo and Perry Riley Jr are the most likely to return.
McGloin and Rivera were expected to move on as free agents and since then the Raiders are reportedly signing quarterback E.J. Manuel and have signed tight end Jared Cook to replace them respectively.
They have also added offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse to fill the void at right tackle left by the departure of Menelik Watson and they signed kick returner/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Here are their contract numbers:
Jared Cook — 2-year, max $12.2 million deal
E.J. Manuel — No deal reported yet
Marshall Newhouse — 2-year, $3.5 million deal
Cordarrelle Patterson — 2-year deal with $5.25 due in first year
These signings leave the Raiders with $38 million in remaining salary cap space according to Overthecap.com. That’s fifth most in the league. Though the salaries of Jared Cook and EJ Manuel haven’t figured into that. They began with over $43 million.
Update: Jared Cook’s cap number for 2017 is $5 million, bringing the Raiders’ cap space to an estimated $33 million., still fifth most in the NFL.
The Raiders have yet to add a player on defense. They hosted linebacker Zach Brown last week, but he left without agreeing to a contract. Reported interest in Dontari Poe never resulted in a visit and he has since signed with the Falcons.