The Raiders have done a lot of heavy lifting in the first two days of the free agent negotiation period.
Las Vegas has agreed to terms with seven players thus far and is leading the NFL in headlines.
The Raiders signed three new starters on defense: linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski, and defensive tackle Maliek Collins. They added two rotational defenders in defensive end Carl Nassib and safety/special teamer Jeff Heath. Offensively, they picked up backup quarterback Marcus Mariota and tight end Jason Witten.
Because not all of the contract terms are known, the Raiders are likely down to $15-20 million in cap room but they can still make a couple more solid moves. And, of course, the Raiders have two first-round picks, No. 12 and No. 19 and three other picks in the top 91 in the April 23-25 draft.
The Raiders have plenty of resources to fill some remaining needs and there still are some needs.
Let’s check them out:
Receivers: The Raiders probably need two receivers. Robby Anderson of the Jets is still available — but no matter what Raiders do in free agency, they will likely address the position in the first round.
Cornerback: The Raiders tried to get a huge fish in Byron Jones, but he ended up in Miami. There are still plenty of free agent options, including Chris Harris of Denver, newly-free agent Nickell Roby-Coleman and perhaps Darius Slay through a trade with Detroit, although he’d be expensive at this point.
Linebacker: Two of the three spots were filled with one more to go. The Raiders may use an early draft pick at linebacker.
Safety: Heath is OK, but I’d like to see more competition.
Guard: They haven’t filled this need yet. Maybe a mid-round draft pick could be used here because they need some youth there.
Conclusion: There are other needs, but the Raiders have checked some boxes and, again, have ways to fill their needs.