The Raiders Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Chiefs After the 2020 Season

Jason Schandl
The Las Vegas Raiders should steal this free agent away from the Chiefs next offseason.
The Las Vegas Raiders should steal this free agent away from the Chiefs next offseason. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs have dominated the AFC West in recent years, but the Las Vegas Raiders are a young team that looks to be making some serious strides. It'll be tough to catch the Super Bowl champions, but a couple strong offseasons could really help close the gap.

One move that would make a ton of sense in the 2021 offseason would be stealing away Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones.

The Chiefs had to use the franchise tag on Jones this offseason, so while they've said they want to get a long-term deal done, that's far from a guarantee.

Jones ranked seventh among all interior defensive linemen in Pro Football Focus' overall grades in 2019 (86.3). He's no stranger to playing at such a high level, having received an 89.6 in 2017 and 90.4 in 2018. He would be an immediate upgrade for any defense, and he would fit perfectly in Vegas.

The Raiders have a couple promising young players on the edge in Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell, but their interior defensive line is much-less exciting. None of their defensive tackles ranked better than 29th in Pro Football Focus' overall grades in 2019. They did add Maliek Collins this offseason, but just on a one-year contract.

Stealing Jones from the Chiefs would not only shore up an upcoming need for the Raiders, but it would also really hurt the Chiefs' defensive line. That's a win-win for Vegas.

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