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The Raiders Got a Steal in Nelson Agholor

Jason Schandl
The Las Vegas Raiders got a steal by signing Nelson Agholor for the veteran minimum in free agency.
The Las Vegas Raiders got a steal by signing Nelson Agholor for the veteran minimum in free agency. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

After being connected to Tom Brady in free agency rumors, the Las Vegas Raiders' offseason moves have been fairly low-key. They brought in Marcus Mariota on a moderate contract, they shored up their defense by adding Corey Littleton and Maliek Collins, and they addressed the wide receiver position with Nelson Agholor.

Agholor's reputation as an unreliable player may not have Raiders fans too excited, but the team brought him in for the veteran minimum salary under the new CBA, and that's an absolute steal.

The first thing that comes to mind about Agholor for most people is the dropped passes. Some of this criticism is fair, but the reputation seems to have become over-blown based on a few key drops in primetime television games.

If we just look at targets deemed "catchable", he hauled in receptions at a 78.0 percent rate in 2019. That's not a great mark, but it ranked 75th in the NFL — a far cry from what you'd expect if he truly had some of the worst hands in the league.

That was also a down year for Agholor. In 2017 and 2018 he averaged 8.1 and 7.6 yards per target, ranking 41st and 66th, respectively, among qualifying players. Not elite rankings, of course, but still numbers that would be very solid for a minimum-salary player.

The Raiders may not have found a new WR1 in Agholor, but he's poised to be a solid contributor in this offense while still leaving them with a ton of flexibility under the salary cap.

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