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Raiders 2021 free agency: Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley among mid-priority options

Raiders have several free agents who are just so-so

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
Vic Beasley
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We recently looked at the Las Vegas Raiders’ high-priority free agents and had five players on the list:

Nelson Agholor
Denzelle Good
Johnathan Hankins
Nicholas Morrow
Kyle Wilber

Now, it’s time to look at the team’s mid-tier free agents. Basically, I consider these players as take ‘em or leave ‘em types:

Vic Beasley:
The former first-round pick finished the season with the Raiders and didn’t make much of an impact. If the Raiders can’t find a few better pass rushers, Beasley could be a cheap option.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
Devontae Booker
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Devontae Booker:
I could see the case being made for Booker being a high priority, but reserve running backs are a dime a dozen. I’d like to see the Raiders get a bigger back to backup Josh Jacobs. But if Booker is brought back, that’s fine.

Derek Carrier:
Carrier, who turns 31 in July, fits the scheme as a blocker and he plays special teams. But the Raiders could get younger as they look for a third-string tight end.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Maliek Collins
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Maliek Collins:
Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden said Collins would be the key to the defense after Collins signed a one-year deal as a free agent from the Dallas Cowboys. However, Collins was not good at all in 2020. If they want him back as a backup, he will likely come cheaper this year.

Nevin Lawson:
The Raiders like him and if they don’t find another veteran cornerback, Lawson could possibly be back.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons Training Camp
Takk McKinley
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Takk McKinley:
He never played for Las Vegas because of health. I would think the Raiders will give him an offer to stay in the program, but if he leaves, that’s fine, too.

Chris Smith:
The coaching staff liked the spark the defensive lineman gave them in the middle of the season. I could see him back in Las Vegas in 2021 on a very inexpensive deal.