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NFL 2021 free agency: Slow wide receiver market may benefit Raiders

Many top options are still available

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns
JuJu Smith-Schuster
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The slowest moving position group in the first two days of the legal tampering period has been wide receiver.

Very few receivers from this strong free-agent class have secured deals yet. One is Nelson Agholor, who is leaving the Las Vegas Raiders to sign with the New England Patriots. Agholor agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal on Monday.

The now former-Raider received more than anticipated and that could be slowing the market. The upcoming strong receiver draft class doesn’t help this free-agent market, either.

The depressed market could help the Raiders, however.

They are looking for a wide receiver and they have been connected to Pittsburgh Steelers’ free agent JuJu Smith-Schuster and A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals. The only other team Smith-Schuster has been connected to is the New York Jets, but they are signing Corey Davis of the Tennessee Titans.

Smith-Schuster could come at a reduced price. Kenny Golladay of the Detroit Lions is also out there. At some point, this receiver class will move, but if the Raiders are patient, they may be able to score a top player at the position at a bargain price.

This is worth monitoring.