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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Raiders Roster Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three players who won't be on the Las Vegas Raiders roster next season, including Marcus Mariota.
Three players who won't be on the Las Vegas Raiders roster next season, including Marcus Mariota. / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

The Las Vegas Raider started off the NFL season hot, winning each of their first three games. They have since gone on to lose six of their next nine games and are quickly falling out of playoff contention. Eyes are starting to turn toward the offseason and what the front office is going to do.

It's clear that this roster is going to have to go through some changes in order to keep up in a crowded AFC West division. With that being said, here are three players who won't be on the Raiders roster next season.

1. Marcus Mariota, QB

Quarterback Marcus Mariota has only played in limited snaps with the Raiders this season, yet he has shown flashes of still having starting quarterback capabilities. He is a dynamic runner with the ball in his hands and could be a target for NFL teams in search of a QB in the offseason. Mariota surely wants another shot at a starting gig and that won't be in Las Vegas as long as Derek Carr is still around. It makes little sense for the Raiders to re-sign Mariota when they can add a different backup for a much lower price tag. Expect the former Oregon standout to suit up in other colors in 2022.

2. DeSean Jackson, WR

The Raiders picked up veteran wideout DeSean Jackson after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams during the season and he has acted as an occasional deep threat on offense. He has become a hit-or-miss player at this point of his career, though. Jackson is going to be 35 years old entering the 2022 season and it's difficult to see Las Vegas paying him to stick around. The upcoming free agent class is full of capable WRs that this front office could target instead including the likes of Allen Robinson or Juju Smith-Schuster. Simply put, Jackson's time spent as a Raider is likely over after just half a season.

3. Clelin Ferrell, EDGE

One name that was floating around at the trade deadline this season was defensive end Clelin Ferrell and for good reason. The third-year pro has not been able to live up to his price tag this season and seems in need of a fresh start. Ferrell has racked up just 7 tackles and 1 pass breakup across 11 games. He has played in 30% or less of the offensive snaps in every contest this year, yet is set to cost the Raiders just under $10 million against the cap in 2022. While it's unlikely that the Raiders could unload all of that money through a trade, decreasing that number by any amount would be a win. That would free up some cash to use in free agency or extensions.

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