Free agents Raiders should sign post-NFL Draft

The Las Vegas Raiders addressed many of their pressing needs during the 2024 NFL Draft, acquiring multiple Day 1 starters and key depth pieces with starter potential.

Though Vegas had a successful draft, general manager Tom Telesco shouldn’t be satisfied with the current roster, as he now has a chance to acquire more talent through free agency.

Las Vegas has around $18 million in cap space to utilize and will gain even more post-June 1st after Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract comes off the books. Here are three players the Raiders should target in post-draft NFL free agency.

Free agents Raiders can sign

OT Chris Hubbard

Before suffering a season-ending biceps injury, Hubbard was a serviceable right tackle for Tennessee. The 33-year-old allowed four sacks and 18 QB pressures on 473 snaps in 2023 and scored a 69.0 PFF grade.

Hubbard would compete for the starting right tackle job with Thayer Munford Jr. and Delmar Glaze while being on an inexpensive contract. Should he not get the starting job, he’d be a solid swing tackle. 

Projected contract: One year, $1.5 million

CB Steven Nelson

Vegas drafted Mississippi State cornerback Decamerion Richardson in Round 4 but still lacks another dependable starting boundary corner opposite Jack Jones.

Steven Nelson had a solid 2023 campaign with Houston, scoring a 73.1 PFF coverage grade, snagging four interception, and allowing a passer rating of 70.6. The 31-year-old excels in zone coverage and would be a seamless fit in Patrick Graham’s defense.

Acquiring Nelson should be relatively inexpensive, too, as his asking price has likely declined due to a lack of interest.

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Projected contract: One year, $6 million

WR Jalen Guyton

Las Vegas hosted Guyton for a visit Monday as the 26-year-old looks for a new home after two straight injury-plagued seasons with the Chargers.

Though Guyton hasn’t been on the field much the last two years, the North Texas product has experience playing in the slot, and has a knack for big plays. If the Raiders end up signing Guyton, he will compete with Tre Tucker for the slot receiver position.

Projected contract: One-year, $1.3 million

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