We are right at the halfway point between the start of free agency and the draft. Free Agency opened three weeks ago and the draft is exactly three weeks away. The Raiders have added a whopping 21 free agents already. And yet they still don’t appear to be done.
Sure things have slowed down. They’d have to. But just this week the team added former Pro Bowl return specialist Dwayne Harris and today is visiting with defensive end Junior Galette.
Seeing the Raiders are still tinkering with their roster, even with 11 picks in the draft, let’s take a look at a few players still out there on the market.
Is there still free agent talent out there? You bet there is. Here are five good options at five different positions.
CB Bashaud Breeland
He was one of the top free agent corners on the market and signed quickly with the Carolina Panthers. Then he failed his physical and word a month ago was it could be a couple months until he will be ready. That means he could potentially be ready just after the draft and in time for OTA’s. The Raiders have a lot of needs. They have a lot of picks, but you can only really expect their picks in the top two rounds to be immediate impact starters. If corner doesn’t end up being a position addressed early, Breeland would be a nice ace in the hole who figures to be ready well ahead of training camp.
Other cornerback: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
LB NaVorro Bowman
Not sure how much more this drum needs to be pounded. What I find the most interesting is that the Raiders’ sack leader has yet to sign anywhere. A potential theory I have is that Bowman and the Raiders want a reunion, but are waiting to see how the draft plays out before striking a deal. That theory would explain why he has yet to sign anywhere.
WR Jeremy Maclin
Maclin isn’t going to transform an offense. But he is a weapon. The former first round pick is still just 29. He has been cut twice in the past two seasons, both for cap reasons. His days of landing big free agent deals are over, but not his days of being a productive wide receiver.
Other wide receivers: Dontrelle Inman, Jordan Matthews
DE Willie Young
Galette would be here, as he was on my Raiders Free Agent Wishlist, but since he is visiting already, let’s look at Willie Young. The 32-year-old had 24.0 sacks in three seasons in Chicago. Last season he had 2.0 sacks in four games before being lost to a triceps injury.
S Eric Reid
Been the best safety on the market this offseason, but appears to be suffering from the same league-wide affliction that is keeping Colin Kaepernick from being signed. The 26-year-old former first round pick has been a regular starter for the 49ers for five seasons, mostly as a free safety. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, has 10 career interceptions and 36 passes defended. The Raiders have already added safety Marcus Gilchrist and re-signed Reggie Nelson, so it’s possible they’re done with the position outside of possibly the draft. Then again, at this rate, Reid could still be around as a potential replacement should the need arise and he wouldn’t have to travel far.
Other safety: TJ Ward