3 Players Who Won't Be on the Raiders Roster Next Season
By Max Staley
The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off yet another underwhelming season. After starting out hot again, the team suffered yet another second-half collapse, ultimately finishing 8-8 and missing out on the postseason. Now three years into the Jon Gruden era, and the Raiders have yet to make the NFL Playoffs or finish above .500.
With the front office likely starting to feel some heat, the Raiders might need to make some tough roster decisions in order to take the next step. Here are three players who might not be with the team when the 2021 campaign kicks off.
3. Marcus Mariota, QB
After a stellar performance in relief of an injured Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota is generating some real buzz around the league. Las Vegas has him under contract for next year, but GM Mike Mayock can trade him this offseason without incurring a dead cap penalty. Staring down a defense that's filled with holes from top to bottom, don't be shocked to see Mayock trade Mariota to a QB-needy team in exchange for some draft capital.
2. Tyrell Williams, WR
Tyrell Williams hasn't lived up to the $44 million deal he signed with the team. Injuries have been the primary culprit, forcing Williams to miss the entire 2020 campaign after missing two games in 2019. With no dead money going forward, it's tough to see Las Vegas agreeing to take on Williams' $11 million cap hit in 2021 – especially after drafting fellow wideout Henry Ruggs in the first round last year.
1. Maliek Collins, DT
The Maliek Collins signing was an absolute disaster. He took a 1-year, prove-it deal to come to Las Vegas, but he didn't prove much of anything in 2020. In fact, ProFootballFocus rated him as their lowest-graded defensive tackle in the league (39.2). Maurice Hurst also looks like Vegas' DT of the future, receiving a stellar 77.9 mark from PFF. It would be a shock to see Collins return to the Raiders in 2021.
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