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3 Players the Raiders Must Avoid in Free Agency

Larry Rupp
The Las Vegas Raiders need to avoid these free agents this offseason.
The Las Vegas Raiders need to avoid these free agents this offseason. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders will look to bounce back in 2021 after failing to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season in 2020. In fact, they have finished over .500 just once since 2003 and need to make some impactful moves this offseason to improve the overall roster.

The free agent market is full of top tier players as well as experienced veterans ready to contribute right away, but it is important to sign the ones that fit the team the best.

With that in mind, here are three free agents the Raiders should avoid signing.

1. Matthew Judon, LB

Matthew Judon
Matthew Judon is not worth the price for the Raiders. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Raiders will have to address a pass rush that ranked 29th in the NFL last season with just 21 sacks in one way or another. However, they should avoid spending the money it would cost to sign Matthew Judon. Judon does have at least 6 sacks in each of the last four seasons, but he doesn't excel at any other part of the game, including run defense. Las Vegas needs a spark on defense that can improve their team in multiple ways. Simply put, the Raiders would be better off drafting a pass rusher than signing Judon this offseason.

2. Ryan Kerrigan, LB

Ryan Kerrigan
The are better ways for the Raiders to address their pass rush than signing Ryan Kerrigan. / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Ryan Kerrigan is a veteran NFL player and a free agent for the first time in his career. While pass rushers is an area of need on the Raiders defense, it is important to lock down a player that the team knows they can rely on for years to come. Kerrigan will enter the 2021 season at 33 years old and has seen decreased snaps over the last few seasons. In fact, he has just 11 sacks in his last 28 games played. If the Raiders truly wanted to improve a poor pass rush, they would make a splash and sign one of the better free agents at the position.

3. Any Top Wide Receiver

JuJu Smith-Schuster
The Raiders have bigger holes to fill than at the wide receiver position. / Nic Antaya/Getty Images

While the Raiders wide receiving core is not one of the best in the NFL, it remains one that is young and full of potential. Both Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards showed flashes last season of how they can easily develop into reliable starters. Plus, the Raiders found a steal in free agency last year when they signed Nelson Agholor to a cheap one-year deal. He ended up racking up 896 yards and 8 touchdowns. Las Vegas should look to re-sign Agholor or make another low-risk, high reward signing like him rather than bring one of the top wide receivers on the market.

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