The Las Vegas Raiders entered the 2022 NFL season projected to be contenders in the NFC West division. Nothing went right from the very beginning, though. Head coach Josh McDaniels' team found itself in an 0-3 hole before the calendar even reached October and was never able to recover.
A horrible season culminated in the benching of starting quarterback Derek Carr prior to Week 17. A tumultuous offseason is ahead for a Las Vegas front office that has to decide whether this roster is ready to win or needs a complete overhaul. It's going to be exciting to see what happens either way.
With that being said, here's a look at three Raiders players who won't be on the roster in 2023.
Raiders Offseason Rumors
1. Derek Carr, QB
This one is obvious. Not only was Carr benched after Week 16, but he was also told he'd be inactive for the final two games. It was a direct way of saying that his time leading the Las Vegas offense is over. The Raiders would save nearly $29 million in cap space and only be on the hook for $5 million in dead cap if they release Carr this offseason. Of course, the more likely route of parting ways is through a trade partner. The nine-year pro has made three Pro Bowls and recently tossed 24 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions in 2022. It makes sense for a QB-needy team to take a chance on Carr and it makes sense for the Raiders to cut ties in any way possible.
2. Josh Jacobs, RB
The big hits keep on coming for the Raiders. Running back Josh Jacobs is one week away from putting together the best season of his young career. He leads the NFL with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage on the season and has scored 12 total touchdowns. The Alabama product is also averaging a reliable 5.0 yards per carry. This would all be great news if Jacobs wasn't a free agent this upcoming offseason. An NFL team in need of a monster in the backfield is going to pay up for Jacobs' talents and he could easily accept a deal outside of Las Vegas. The question mark at QB as well as head coach could be what pushes Jacobs away from the team and into the arms of an NFL contender.
3. Clelin Ferrell, DE
Defensive end Clelin Ferrell enters the offseason as a free agent as well, but is in the midst of a much different situation than Jacobs. The Raiders have already made it clear that they want to have Jacobs back on the team. They haven't made that clear for Ferrell and that is likely because of where he lines up on defense. Las Vegas has already sinked so much money into defensive ends Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby, so handing a new contract to a rotational player like Ferrell doesn't make too much sense. Ferrell has racked up 23 tackles (2.0 for loss), 1.0 sack and 2 pass breakups in 15 games played (3 starts) this year. That should be enough to garner the attention of another NFL team.
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