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Silver Minings: AFC teams are big spenders in free agency

Raiders are among the most active free-agent teams

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Through the early stages of free agency, the Las Vegas Raiders have been among the most busy and biggest spenders on the open market.

They are a part of an interesting trend. As of Thursday, the Raiders were among 11 AFC teams that were in the top 15 in free-agency spending. So, several teams in the AFC are all in on trying to improve in 2021.

This is a season that the Raiders need to make the playoffs after winning a total of 19 games in the past three years under Jon Gruden. The Raiders often talk about the playoffs, so the moves they are making are designed for a post-season push.

But it won’t be easy as several teams in the AFC are being aggressive as well. Even with a seven-team playoff format, it was difficult to get into the playoffs in the AFC in 2020. This free-agent spending trend shows it may not get any easier in 2021.

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