The Las Vegas Raiders shocked the NFL by winning their final four regular season games and making the playoffs in 2021. It was a glimpse into what this team is capable of accomplishing when firing on all cylinders. The Raiders have a shot to make some noise in 2022 if they can add some more talent.
New general manager Dave Ziegler is projected to have over $31 million in available cap space to take advantage of. That is more than enough dough to draw a few of the biggest names to play at Allegiant Stadium.
Here's a look at three free agents that the Raiders need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next season.
Raiders Free Agent Targets
1. Brandon Scherff, OL
One of the Raiders' top priorities this offseason should be upgrading quarterback Derek Carr's protection. The eighth-year pro was sacked 40 times this past season, which tied as the fifth-highest mark in the NFL. He was constantly scrambling and being rushed out of the pocket. Signing Brandon Scherff would give new head coach Josh McDaniels an immediate plug-and-play starter. The five-time Pro Bowler didn't give up a single sack during the 2021 season and has seven years of NFL experience. Having a knowledgeable player capable of mentoring others on the O-line would benefit the Raiders in more ways than one. This is the type of move that proves to Carr that the front office is all-in.
2. Mike Williams, WR
Carr finished with the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL this past season (4,804), yet Hunter Renfrow was the only wide receiver that posted over 600 yards. Las Vegas lacks an outside threat that can burn opposing defenders with speed and size. The good news is that free agent Mike Williams brings exactly that type of production to the table. The 27-year-old is coming of a career-best season in which he logged 1,146 yards and 9 touchdowns on 76 receptions. He also averaged 15.1 yards per catch and was regularly targeted on deep throws down the field. Williams is going to be looking to cash in with a big deal and the Raiders have the cap space needed to get it done.
3. BJ Hill, DT
The Raiders thrive most when they can make opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pocket. While defensive end Maxx Crosby was named to the Pro Bowl in 2021, Las Vegas has no one along the inside of the D-line to count on. BJ Hill just put together a breakout season in 2021 in which he tallied 12 QB hits, 5.5 sacks and 50 tackles. His lack of experience will likely cause him to fly under the radar, though. That makes him the perfect free-agent target for Ziegler. Hill is 26 years old and only starting to tap in to his full potential. Grabbing him before other teams start outbidding them would be a smart move by the Raiders.
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