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3 Raiders Veterans That Could Be Cap Casualty Cuts This Offseason

Larry Rupp
Three Las Vegas Raiders veterans that could be cap casualty cuts this offseason.
Three Las Vegas Raiders veterans that could be cap casualty cuts this offseason. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders rode some momentum over the second half of the 2021 NFL season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The team heads into the offseason looking to keep that success going and is projected to have $20.6 million in available cap space to take advantage of.

Bringing in free agents will not be cheap, though. The front office could free up some more cash this offseason by cutting ties with a couple of players deemed easily replaceable. With that in mind, here's a look at three Raiders veterans that could be cap casualty cuts this offseason.

Raiders Cap Casualties

1. Cory Littleton, LB

Linebacker Cory Littleton ranked third on the team with 98 tackles this past season, but saw his snap count drastically drop. The six-year pro appeared in just 57% of the defensive plays, which is nowhere near the 90% snap count he posted during the 2020 season. He ended the year on special teams and comes with a massive cap hit of $15.8 million in 2022. Yes, cutting Littleton loose would still cost the team $14 million in dead cap. Every little bit helps, though. The $1.76 million saved by releasing Littleton could be used to strengthen another position through free agency or to help extension negotiations with a Raiders' star player.

2. Nick Kwiatkoski, LB

Much like Littleton, Kwiatkoski's time spent on the football field came mostly on the special teams unit in 2021. He only played in 12% of the defensive snaps and racked up 21 tackles to go along with a forced fumble (8 games). Keeping a reliable special teams player on the roster wouldn't usually be a problem, but Kwiatkoski is set to make $8.25 million in the fall. Cutting ties with the 28-year-old would free up $3.2 million in cap space that Las Vegas could use elsewhere on the roster. The linebacker position is already locked up with Denzel Perryman anyways and bringing back veteran KJ Wright should be a top priority for this front office.

3. Carl Nassib, DE

The Raiders are on the hook for a lot of money when it comes to their defensive line moving forward. Yannick Ngakoue is set to make $15 million in 2022 and Pro Bowler Maxx Crosby is in line for a massive extension. That suddenly makes Carl Nassib's $9.7 million cap hit a bit concerning. While Nassib has been a stolid rotational player for Las Vegas over the years, he posted a career-low 1.5 sacks last season and played in just 29% of the defensive snaps. Saving $3 million against the cap by letting Nassib go has to be looked at as a possible option for the Raiders this offseason.

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