SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Head Coach Jon Gruden and Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders stand on the sideline during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Raiders 34-3. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

3 Free Agents the Oakland Raiders and Jon Gruden Should Target This Offseason

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The Oakland Raiders have a ton of draft capital after trading away two former first-round picks in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, but it isn't all about that when it comes to improving their team next season. Jon Gruden has already acknowledged that the draft picks the team has acquired isn't the only thing they're looking forward to in the future -- they also now have a ton of money to spend in free agency.


With that in mind, here are the top three free agents the Raiders should go after this offseason.

3. Landon Collins, Safety, New York Giants

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It wasn't long ago that Landon Collins was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He might play a different position from the DPOY candidate the Raiders traded away, but Collins is a player that's just 25 years old and in the prime of his career. He has admitted he doesn't want to be part of a rebuild and could move away from the circus that is the New York Giants. Oakland might not be so different from New York, but money does talk.

2. Le'Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Raiders' offense has been a nightmare this season and adding a player like Le'Veon Bell is a quick way to fix that. Whether they're lining him up in the slot or handing him the ball 30 times a game, Bell would be a massive improvement from anything Oakland has on its roster. There are few game-changers like Bell in this league and the Raiders offense would immediately be feared with him in town. Sure, they'll need to throw a lot of money at him, and there are already reports that he will likely end up with the New York Jets, but not many players could improve an offense as drastically as Bell could.

1. Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, Houston Texans

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Signing Jadeveon Clowney would be the best way to make the dark cloud hanging over the Mack trade disappear. He's young, has Pro-Bowl experience, and should be a monster up front for years to come. The Texans are obviously going to try to keep him, but if they can't, Clowney should get the money that likely should've gone to the last great pass rusher in town. His signing wouldn't only make the Raiders' defense better, but it can quickly make sense of the Mack trade since the team would have an additional two first-round picks thanks to that deal. Clowney is a one-way ticket to improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

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