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Silver Minings: Raiders enter offseason with 4th-most resources

But can they maximize?

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Houston Texans v Las Vegas Raiders
Josh McDaniels, Dave Ziegler
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The Las Vegas Raiders head into the offseason with some major holes at major spots on their roster. They could use reinforcements on their offensive line, need to add several defensive playmakers and, most importantly, need to find a starting quarterback. Luckily, a study by Pro Football Focus’ Arjun Menon found that the Raiders have the fourth-most resources to improve their roster heading into the offseason.

Menon quantified each team’s resources using the amount of draft capital, effective cap space and prorateable money each team has, placing a greater weight on each category in that order. Las Vegas currently has 11 draft picks, putting them in the 90th percentile of the study, about $11.8 million in effective cap space, per, which is in the 70th percentile, and their prorateable money is just shy of the 70th percentile.

All of that gave the Silver and Black a 90.3 composite score, behind the Houston Texans (100.0), Chicago Bears (96.8) and Seattle Seahawks (93.6). However, the study includes Derek Carr’s contract, so the Raiders could potentially leapfrog the Seahawks after getting a boost in effective cap space once Carr comes off the books.

So, general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels should have plenty of resources to help the team improve on its 6-11 record from this past season. That will also help those two restore confidence in the fanbase as our recent poll showed that 18 percent of Raiders fans still believe in the team’s direction.

For those curious, the Kansas City Chiefs (67.7) have the 11th-most resources, Denver Broncos (48.4) are 17th and the Los Angeles Chargers (16.1) rank 27th.

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