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Best Remaining Cornerbacks for the Raiders to Target in Free Agency

Max Staley
Best remaining free agent cornerbacks that the Raiders can afford to sign for 2020.
Best remaining free agent cornerbacks that the Raiders can afford to sign for 2020. / Harry How/Getty Images
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It's no secret that the Raiders' pass defense didn't exactly get it done last season. The team graded out as the league's second-worst unit against the pass, according to Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics.

Unless the Raiders want to have a repeat of their 7-9 finish in Las Vegas, the team will need to address that weakness soon. With only about $12 million in remaining cap space, Vegas won't have many options in free agency, but here are three players the team could target.

1. Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara could be a nice low-cost signing for the Raiders.
Prince Amukamara could be a nice low-cost signing for the Raiders. / David Banks/Getty Images

Entering his age-31 season, Prince Amukamara isn't likely to break the bank in free agency. He's still a serviceable player, though, earning a 68.2 overall grade, including a 70.5 grade in coverage, from Pro Football Focus (PFF). He'd instantly be able to come in and compete for a starting spot.

2. Trumaine Johnson

Trumaine Johnson could be a nice low-risk signing for the Raiders.
Trumaine Johnson could be a nice low-risk signing for the Raiders. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

There's no way to spin it, Trumaine Johnson was awful during his stint with the New York Jets. He received a 53.0 grade from PFF last season, and only started a combined 15 games through two years with the team. Of course, he was once deemed a talented-enough player to command a five-year, $72 million contract, and perhaps he could resurrect his career on a one-year "prove-it" deal in Las Vegas.

3. Ross Cockrell

Ross Cockrell could be a solid contributor for the Raiders.
Ross Cockrell could be a solid contributor for the Raiders. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Probably the most under-the-radar name on this list, Ross Cockrell has proven to be a solid contributor when on the field. He received a stellar 74.1 grade in coverage from PFF in 2017, but a gruesome injury kept him off the field in 2018. He was decent, but not great in 2019, earning a 61.3 grade in coverage in his first year back from injury. If he's healthy, he could be a great low-cost, high-upside signing in Las Vegas.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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