It is my understanding that the Raiders are still in the market for a veteran cornerback even though they drafted Ohio State’s Damon Arnette in the first round and Louisiana Tech’s Amik Robertson in the fourth round of the draft last week.
It’s not a must-do for the team and they will be patient. They aren’t looking to break the bank because they don’t have much money to spend.
But if the right situation arises, the Raiders — who initially agreed to terms with cornerback Eli Apple, but the deal reportedly broke down because of issues with his physical — could add a veteran cornerback at some point.
Here are the best remaining options, listed in alphabetical order:
Amukamara, 30, is a proven veteran. He can start in a pinch and will likely be on a roster this season. He shouldn’t be expensive.
He makes sense because he played for Raiders’ defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati. He’s been available for a few weeks after seeing his agreement with the Jaguars break off. He would fit in easily with the Raiders because he knows the system. He likely won’t be expensive, either.
He’s the prize. The Raiders would love to sign him, but his price tag is not cheap. He is one of the better free agents available. The Raiders could have to trim some money to make room for Ryan. Perhaps cutting guard Gabe Jackson would do the trick as his contract guarantees in a month.
Conclusion: There’s other options, but these are currently the best bets at cornerback. Surely, the Raiders are considering all options.