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3 Low-Cost Free Agent Steals the Raiders Can Still Sign

Devon Platana
A look at three low-cost free agent steals that the Las Vegas Raiders can still sign.
A look at three low-cost free agent steals that the Las Vegas Raiders can still sign. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Now that the 2021 NFL Draft is two weeks behind us, most teams have returned to free agency to fill out any remaining holes on their roster. One team that could use a little bit of extra help happens to be the Las Vegas Raiders.

Despite having several talented pieces, the Raiders missed the playoffs in 2021 for the 17th time in 18 seasons. Needless to say, the organization is doing what it can to get back to the postseason. Fortunately, there are still some cheap free agents that they can sign to fill out their roster.

Here's a look at three low-cost free agent steals that the Raiders can still sign.

3. Trey Burton, Tight End

Don't get it twisted: Darren Waller is the No. 1 tight end in Las Vegas. After all, the offense practically revolves around his performances. However, doesn't have a credible backup should he ever miss time. That's why the Raiders should sign former Indianapolis Colts tight end Trey Burton for cheap. Burton is as versatile as they come, having the ability to run pass-catching routes and the occasional goalline rushing play. He recorded 28 receptions for 250 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for the Colts in 2020 while also scoring three rushing TDs. Even if Waller is healthy, Burton can add an extra dimension to the Raiders' offense for an affordable price.

2. Trai Turner, Guard

The Raiders have some depth issues at the guard position, so why not target Trai Turner for a cheap contract? The former Los Angeles Chargers guard did have a disappointing overall ProFootballFocus grade in 2020, coming in at 34.8. However, that may help Las Vegas get him on a cheaper deal. Turner has shown his potential in the past, scoring a 63.9 in 2019, which is more than serviceable for a backup. Plus, if it's just a one-year deal, there really isn't much of a risk. If it ends up working out, all the better.

1. Golden Tate, Wide Receiver

At this point in free agency, Golden Tate will likely sign a cheap deal. The former New York Giants wideout hasn't played a full season since 2017, which adds to the affordability of a potential deal. Still, the Raiders could use the veteran's presence. While they have young, talented receivers like Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow, neither man has proven to be a No. 1 WR yet. Yes, the Raiders brought in John Brown over the offseason, but he missed half of the 2020 campaign with injuries. Signing Tate would bring in a veteran option who adds depth.

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