The Las Vegas Raiders have restructured the deals of several players in recent days to create salary cap room that helped them secure veteran linebacker K.J. Wright, who officially signed on Monday.
Two of the players who restructured are linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton. Still, according to Over The Cap via the Associated Press, the Raiders are spending the most money at the linebacker position in the entire NFL.
Even after restructuring deals with Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski to push some cap hit to the future, the #Raiders are spending the most money at LB this season per OTC. They are spending about $6.4M more at LB than in secondary. Seattle has 2nd biggest gap at about $1M— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 7, 2021
The Wright contract details have not been revealed yet, but it’s been reported that he is making about $4 million in Las Vegas this season. The Raiders also traded for linebacker Denzel Perryman last month. He signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Carolina Panthers this offseason. The Raiders can get out of the deal for next season.
Clearly the Raiders didn’t feel good about their young linebackers so they got re- enforcements and it did not come cheaply. But if the financial commitment pays off on the field, it will be worthwhile.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Not a great projection: FiveThirtyEight projects the Raiders to go 7-10 this season with a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs.
- No. 21: That’s where the Raiders sit in Pro Football Talk’s Week 1 NFL power rankings.
- Big season for No. 4: The Athletic profiles Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr as he enters a big season.
- Worry spot? The Athletic talked to NFL executives about their worry areas for each team. The Raiders’ new-look defensive line is the choice for Las Vegas.
- Gruden chat: The Las Vegas Review-Journal talked to Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden about various topics.