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Silver Minings: Raiders not spending much on offensive line

They’ve committed second lowest mount of salary-cap room at position in league

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Kolton Miller
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It is clear the Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive line is a work in progress this season.

The unit has been the biggest question mark on the team and it will be watched closely as the season unfolds, especially after struggling Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

But one thing is clear about this unit — the Raiders have not committed an over abundance of money to it. According to Over The Cap, via the Associated Press, the Raiders are committing the second-fewest salary-cap space to the offensive line in the NFL this season.

It does include some dead cap money based from 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood, who was cut this month and then claimed by the Chicago Bears. The only high-salary player on the unit is left tackle Kolton Miller, who is far and away, the Raiders’ best offensive lineman, although he had a rough Week 1 against the Chargers. Miller signed a three-year, $54 million contract last year.

As the above recent tweet shows, previous Raider’s regimes valued the offensive line greatly. However, there has been natural turnover and the team has spent big at other spots on the roster. So, this lack of financial commitment at this young unit is not stunning.

In other Raiders’ news:

  • Waller talk: Raiders’ star tight end Darren Waller was a guest on the podcast, In The Moment With David Greene.
  • Adams work: The 17 targets nine-year veteran Davante Adams had in Sunday’s game was the third most of his career.
  • Power Rankings: Check out where PFT has the Raiders in its Week 2 NFL Power Rankings.
  • Chances plunge: According to the Football Outsiders, the Raiders’ playoff chances took a big hit after Sunday’s loss. You know what fixes that? Winning. It’s early.