WalterFootball Offseason Graades: Oakland Raiders

I know some, if not most of us, have been a little "frustrated" by the lack or perceived lack of aggressiveness this off-season in terms of some of the big ticket free agents. Also, seemingly, we havent addressed some of the glaring needs on the defensive side of the ball...yet.

However, this is a short but good write-up from WalterFootball, that is contrary to that opinion. Looking at things at a whole, paints a slightly different picture than looking at things transaction by transaction:

Oakland Raiders: B+
Acquired: QB E.J. Manuel, WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Jared Cook, OT Marshall Newhouse, OLB Jelani Jenkins.
Lost: RB Latavius Murray, WR Andre Holmes, TE Mychal Rivera, OT Menelik Watson, DT Stacy McGee, OLB Malcolm Smith, ILB Perry Riley, CB D.J. Hayden, S Nate Allen, S Brynden Trawick.

The Raiders didn't make very many moves in free agency, but they made them count. They signed Cordarrelle Patters and Jared Cook to very reasonable deals, and they'll help on special teams and offense, respectively. Patterson is a dynamic kick returner, while Cook has great talent that Derek Carr will surely utilize. The best signing Oakland made was bringing in Jelani Jenkins for just $1 million for 2017. Jenkins is coming off a down year, but only because he dealt with a knee injury. He'll help the team's poor linebacking corps.

Oakland lost several players, but only two of consequence. Latavius Murray is gone, but he was an overrated commodity anyway. Perry Riley's departure will hurt more, but Riley is still somehow a free agent, so perhaps the Raiders will be able to re-sign him.

I think the Raiders have done a solid job this offseason. They already had a great roster, and it's going to be even better this upcoming season. If Carr stays healthy, Oakland has a great shot at winning Super Bowl LII.

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