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Most Likely Destinations for Arden Key in Free Agency

Three of the most likely free agent destinations for EDGE Arden Key.
Three of the most likely free agent destinations for EDGE Arden Key. | Chris Unger/Getty Images

Defensive end Arden Key's time with the Las Vegas Raiders came to an end on Thursday. The team decided to waive him, along with defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

Key had been a member of the Raiders for three seasons after being selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He's since donned the black and silver in 37 games, recording 49 combined tackles, 3 sacks, 2 passes defended and 26 quarterback hits.

While Key may not be the most well-known defensive end out there, he can certainly help bolster a team's depth. With that being said, here's a look at three possible destinations for him.

3. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are in dire need of an edge rusher heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. The team lost Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon in free agency, so they could use Key's help. The Ravens wouldn't have to break the bank to bring him on the roster and they could still use draft picks to address pass-rushing depth as well. In the meantime, Key could be an option until someone that the Ravens draft develops.

2. New York Giants

The New York Giants are another team that'll be looking for an edge rusher heading into the draft. Key isn't going to solve all of their issues, but at least he'll be a temporary fix. The Giants have the No. 11 pick, which they could use on their offensive line needs rather than at the EDGE position. They could then use another pick to draft someone at the position if they don't feel confident with Key starting for them for the entire 2021 season.

1. Buffalo Bills

As is the theme here, the Buffalo Bills desperately need some edge-rushing help. The Bills could very well draft an EDGE in the first round later this month, but rookies aren't always guaranteed to make an impact in their first season. If that's the case, bringing in Key would give any rookie edge rusher a chance to settle in and get their feet underneath them. Key may not be a long-term solution to the Bills' issues, but he's capable of filling the role for the time being or at least being a reliable backup if someone else steps up at the start of the season.

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