3 Free Agents the Raiders Need to Sign to Make the Playoffs Next Season

Devon Platana
Three free agents that the Las Vegas Raiders need to sign to make the playoffs next season.
Three free agents that the Las Vegas Raiders need to sign to make the playoffs next season. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After making the NFL playoffs for just the second time since 2003 last year, the Las Vegas Raiders are back on the outside looking in. Despite a slew of offseason moves that were made, the Raiders enter their Week 18 matchup with an underwhelming 6-10 record, leaving the fans wanting answers and improvements.

Needless to say, general manager Dave Ziegler has a busy offseason ahead of him. The good news is that free agency will give him plenty of opportunities to improve the Raiders' roster, especially with Spotrac projecting Las Vegas to have just over $33.1 million in cap space.

Here are three free agents that the Raiders need to sign to make the playoffs in the 2023 NFL season.

Raiders Free Agency

1. Damien Harris, RB

After a career year, Josh Jacobs is set to hit free agency and even though the Raiders could bring back the talented rusher, nothing is guaranteed. Regardless of whether or not Jacobs returns, the team should still take a swing on Damien Harris. Although he took a backseat to Rhamondre Stevenson, Harris still averaged a respectable 4.5 rushing yards on 93 carries despite dealing with injuries. It was also only in 2021 that he rushed for more than 900 yards and 15 touchdowns, showing that he can handle a lead role even if Jacobs leaves. That's not even mentioning the fact that he has relationships with Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels from their time with the Patriots, so chances are they wouldn't mind a familiar face around.

2. Orlando Brown Jr., LT

The Raiders' left tackle spot was in limbo this season following the release of 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood. If Ziegler wants to seriously address this position, he should target the top LT on the market: Orlando Brown Jr. The four-time Pro-Bowler is in the middle of another impressive season with the Kansas City Chiefs, proven by a 74.4 overall grade on Pro Football Focus. Brown has played 1,082 snaps thus far and has only given up four sacks while taking six penalties. Something else that makes Brown attractive is that he's remarkably healthy, having missed just one game since the 2018 campaign. Championships are won with great offensive lines and Brown's presence would improve what's going on in Las Vegas.

3. Jakobi Meyers, WR

Outside of Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, the Raiders don't have any other wide receivers under contract in 2023. Going back to the theme of ex-Patriots, I wouldn't be shocked if the Raiders made a play for Jakobi Meyers. Though he struggled with consistency and injuries this season, Meyers still managed to set new career highs in both touchdowns (5) and receiving yards per game (59.4). Had he stayed healthy, he was on pace for the first 1,000-yard campaign of his career. Considering how Renfrow regressed quite a bit this season, the Raiders desperately need another No. 2/3 WR like Meyers, whose best playing days could be ahead of him seeing as he's only 26 years old.

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