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3 Best Offseason Moves From the Las Vegas Raiders

Jason Schandl
The Raiders' best free agency moves in the 2020 NFL offseason include signing Cory Littleton.
The Raiders' best free agency moves in the 2020 NFL offseason include signing Cory Littleton. / Harry How/Getty Images
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The Las Vegas Raiders are going to be looking to make a splash in their first season since leaving Oakland in 2020. The team showed some flashes in 2019, but ultimately struggled to a 7-9 regular-season record, finishing third in the AFC West.

They've been making moves and giving fans some room for optimism for 2020, however. Here are the three best offseason moves the Raiders have made so far.

3. Signing Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota on the sidelines during a 2019 game with the Titans.
Marcus Mariota on the sidelines during a 2019 game with the Titans. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Raiders were rumored to be interested in a variety of QBs in free agency, and they ultimately picked a low-risk, high-reward option in Marcus Mariota. The former Tennessee Titan has been dealing with injuries and some shaky play in recent years, but he's shown some serious potential at the NFL level. In his 2016 sophomore season he ranked sixth among qualifying passers with an average of 7.9 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) while adding 349 rushing yards. He wasn't as bad in 2019 as you may suspect, either. His 7.8 AY/A would have ranked 11th if he had thrown enough passes to qualify. A two-year, $17.6 million contract means even if he doesn't end up competing for a starting job, he's cheap enough to be a solid backup.

2. Signing Nelson Agholor

Nelson Agholor during a 2019 game with the Eagles.
Nelson Agholor during a 2019 game with the Eagles. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Raiders didn't lose many players to free agency, so their big moves were all additions. Nelson Agholor was another high-upside acquisition, and since he signed for the veteran minimum, there's no risk to the deal. Agholor is never going to bloom into an elite WR1, but he's ranked 66th and 41st among qualifying pass-catchers in yards per target in 2017 and 2018, respectively, proving he can be a solid contributor.

1. Signing Cory Littleton

Cory Littleton during a 2019 game with the Rams.
Cory Littleton during a 2019 game with the Rams. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Outside of edge rushers, this was not a good free agent class for linebackers. The Raiders made the most of it, though, singing one the best (if not the best) available player at the position, and getting him at a fair price to boot. Cory Littleton got a strong 78.9 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019, including an outstanding 82.3 coverage grade. This addition should go a long way to strengthening the middle of the Raiders' defense, and a three-year, $35 million contract isn't an overpay for one of the best coverage linebackers in the game.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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