Free Agency Watch and Wish List

Here is a comprehensive list of how the Raiders should value free agents. Free Agency opens today and these players are grouped by the wave. This isn’t necessarily a ranking so much as it shows what players should be a priority as well as their value to the Raiders.

Top Guys

These guys will get the big money and they will get it fast. Oakland will be lucky to get any of them with only about $15 million in cap space and Khalil Mack‘s extension upcoming. This group is ranked by priority.

Mo Wilkerson

Trumaine Johnson

Malcolm Butler

Sheldon Richardson

Allen Robinson

Sammy Watkins

Dontari Poe

Nate Solder

Kenny Vaccaro

Jimmy Graham

Andrew Norwell

Tyler Eifert

Second-Tier Guys who fit a need

This group doesn’t have the same name recognition, age, production or upside but they’re still ballers. Big money will not come for this group as fast as the first tier. Thus, they may take the most money they can get early from a team who really wants them. Otherwise,  they can wait until the market is more stable and a team really needs to spend some money.

Eric Reid

Star Lotulelei

Nigel Bradham

Bashaud Breeland

Aaron Colvin

Tahir Whitehead

Justin Bethel

Nickell Robey-Coleman

Carlos Hyde

Isiah Crowell

Tre Boston

Patrick Robinson

Paul Richardson

Marquis Lee

Zach Brown

Adrian Clayborn

Terrelle Pryor

EJ Gaines

Morris Claiborne

Deshawn Shead

DeMarcco Murray

Bennie Logan

Avery Williamson

Derrick Coleman

Dion Lewis

Peter Warrilow

Todd Davis

This is where the Raiders have made their living in free agency. If the money and team fit is right, Oakland can fill some positions of need by this group that is often overlooked. The Raiders won’t overpay for anyone in this bracket.

Under the Radar Guys for down the line

This group is filled with starting experience. Players in this bracket have proven themselves as starters and key role players. They’ve played at a high level but age, injuries, limited upside and inconsistencies keep them from being in a higher bracket.

Morgan Burnett

Prince Amukamara

Demario Davis

Philip Gaines

DJ Hayden

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Luke Willson

Jerick McKinnon

Jeremy Lane

Brandon Boykin

Jeremy Hill

David Bass

Cody Davis

Cornellius Carradine

Justin Pugh

Bradley McDougald

Benson Mayowa

Pierre Desir

Kendall Wright

Kamar Aiken

Benjamin Ljalana

Kendall Wright

John Brown

Dontrelle Inman

Jaron Brown

Rex Burkhead

Tavon Wilson

Korey Toomer

Cameron Fleming

Charles Simms

Oakland can fill some key starters and depth players from this bargain bin. However, a team who thinks they can put this player in the best position may make one of these players an offer they can not refuse.

On the downswing

Again, these players have proven themselves in the league. However, they will have to continue proving themselves. Unless a team falls in love with one of them or desperately needs to spend money, these players won’t see a ton of cash.

Ron Parker

LeGarrette Blount

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Lamar Houston

Ricky Jean-Francois

Andre Smith

Da’Norris Searcy

Nick Fairley

Virgil Green

Clinton McDonald

Doug Martin

Pernell McPhee

Courtney Upshaw

Akeem Ayers

Davon House

Jerrell Freeman

Tramon Williams

Anthony Fasano

Zach Miller

Quinton Demps

TJ Ward

Alan Branch

Will Hayes

Mike Wallace

Conner Barwin

Tyvon Branch

Jon Sullivan

Matt Slauson

Byron Maxwell

Darius Butler

Eric Decker

Willie Young

Ahtyba Rubin

Shareece Wright

Rashaan Melvin

Sterling Moore

Stephen Peaea

Alfred Morris

Alterraun Verner

Brian Quick

Michael Floyd

Terrance West

Jarvis Jenkins

John Jenkins

James Hurst

Josh Bynes

Will Compton

Lance Dunbar

The biggest difference between this wave of free agency and the previous one is age. Expect these guys to sign contracts after the draft when teams have a better idea of their needs before camp.

Potential

These are the ego signings. A coach will think they are the ones to unlock the potential that this group has shown. Injuries, scheme-fit and inconsistency have placed them in this wave. However, age, flashes and upside put them in this group over some of the others.

Alex Okafor

Donte Moncrief

Jordan Matthews

Barkevious Mingo

Preston Brown

Kony Ealy

Luke Joeckel

Trent Murphy

Albert Wilson

Dominique Easley

Aaron Lynch

Damien Williams

Kevin Minter

Jared Crick

Greg Robinson

Taylor Gabriel

D’anthony Thomas

Marcus Smith

Jeremiah Attaochu

Richard Rodgers

Trey Burton

Anthony Hitchens

Eddie Lacy

Cody Latimer

Some of these players were drafted high. Others were not. Nonetheless, they’re all explosive athletes who were suppossed to dominate the competition. A team might fall in love with that and gamble on them. The Raiders might be one but Oakland will only do it if the price is right and the player fits the culture.

Veterans worth a gamble

Many of these players have earned the right to decide how they want to go out. Money grab and mentorship role with a young team or a reserve role with a contender? Some are more name than game these days.

Derrick Johnson

Julius Peppers

Haloti Ngata

Kyle Williams

Charles Johnson

Pacman Jones

Mike Tolbert

Jonathan Stewart

Elvis Dumervil

Brent Grimes

Johnathan Joseph

Sean Witherspoon

Danny Amendola

Benjamin Watson

Frank Gore

Karlos Dansby

Paul Posluszny

Leon Hall

Martellus Bennett

Not all of these players are Hall of Famers but they’ve all played at a high level and reserve the right to decide what value football has to them. The NFL is not for long and these players will have their value set by other teams. It will be up to them if another season is worth it or not. Either way, Oakland could use their leadership.

If you want to know numbers, positions, and former teams then click on the linked names. Ultimately, this is more big board than it is predictions. Can’t wait to see what the Raiders do when Free Agency opens at Midnight.

 

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About Pete D. Camarillo

NFL and NBA freelance columnist and editor. Media relations for Business Wire West Coast. B.A. in Journalism from CSUN and Raiders fan since birth. I was once a Clippers intern too. Follow me on Twitter: @petecertified.

Posted on March 12, 2018, in Commentary and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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