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NFL 2021 free agency: Raiders can still strike big

There is plenty of work remaining

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Richard Sherman
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With NFL free agency officially starting in less than two hours, much of the heavy lifting has been done.

Still, there are some big-ticket names available as shown by this tweet from ESPN’s Field Yates:

Of course, this list is fluid and can change at any time. But it shows there are still some good players on the market.

So far, the Raiders have agreed to terms with Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver John Brown, have agreed to keep linebacker Nicholas Morrow, and now they are keeping defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

Here is an estimated amount of remaining salary-cap for the Raiders (not counting Hankins’ deal):

Again, this number is fluid (and $5.3 million has to go to the draft class), but it shows the Raiders can still make some moves.

They have plenty more holes to fill — including on the defensive line, safety, cornerback and on the offensive line — so want to look for bargains.

The name on Yates’ list that stands out is San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman. He played for new Raiders’ defensive coordinator in Seattle and he’d be a good fit in Las Vegas. He has been connected to the New Orleans Saints, but they don’t have a lot of salary cap room.

There are a lot of moving parts, but clearly the Raiders aren’t done yet.