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Silver Minings: Raiders sign Henry Ruggs

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As expected, Las Vegas signed their top pick with no issues

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There are rarely holdups or holdouts with rookie contracts anymore and so it is without surprise that Ian Rapoport reported this week that the Las Vegas Raiders agreed to terms with 12th overall pick Henry Ruggs III. The deal is worth $16.67 million over four years with a fifth-year option.

Should he produce at the expected level of the 12th overall pick, Ruggs would prove to be one of the NFL’s best bargains at $4 million per season. That is half the salaries of Kenny Stills, Emmanuel Sanders, and Marvin Jones. Of course the risk with all rookies is that the NFL is challenging and many of them perform below expectations. However the financial risk is still quite minimal.

We’ll see how Ruggs responds to his first professional test if the Raiders are able to start camp on July 28.

Other Raiders News:

  • Las Vegas owner Mark Davis says canceling season is one of three potential options on the table. Davis says the other two options are to stay on schedule or a shortened 12-game season. This is not confirmed by the NFL.
  • The NFL will reportedly cancel the preseason and reduce training camp rosters from 90 to 80. We may hear of some cuts from the Raiders and other teams quite soon if that’s the case, though they are looking into having 10 players on “standby.”
  • PFF ranks the Raiders as having the sixth-best linebackers corps in the NFL headed into the season. That’s quite an achievement for a team that just signed its top two linebackers this offseason because of how poor the play was in that unit last season. PFF likes how Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton complement each other, with Littleton excelling in pass coverage and Kwiatkoski against the run.