The highly anticipated Free Agency week is finally upon us! With March 13th marking the start of the “legal tampering” period, all thirty two teams are preparing to kick off their off-season. This signifies the official day for teams to make offers to free agents, and deals will become official just two days later on the new league year. I am excited to present The kanetown starting 5 !my top 5 choices for the free agents that I believe our team should aggressively pursue.
I will be breaking down the top 5 Free agents I believe the Raiders should pursue.
1. S, Julian Love
Love is one of the best young safeties in the league and is only getting better. Love tallied 2 interceptions last season while also amassing 124 tackles with the Giants. Love looks to make the leap from very good to elite in 2023. Aslo unlike many other top safties on the market Love won’t break the bank with an estimated value around $8 million. Love is also played under our defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
2. DT, Dalvin Tomlinson
Tomlinson has been a fixture of consistency during his NFL career. This passed season in Minnesota was no different as Tomlinson stifled rushing attacks all season and also came up with 2.5 sacks as well. The Raiders interior defensive line is in dire need of a versatile piece like Tomlinson who can create pressure up the middle. Vegas should also look to bring back their own free-agent lineman, Andrew Billings.
3. LB, Bobby Wagner
Even at 32 years of age Bobby Wagner is still getting it done at an elite level and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Wagner posted eye popping numbers last season with 140 tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 interceptions. The Raiders lack leadership on their defense and Wagner would solve that problem as well as giving them versatility at the linebacker position. Wagner is equally effective stopping the run or covering shallow routes over the middle or in the flat.
4. CB, Marcus Peters
Marcus Peters best days are likely behind him but he is still a viable option at corner and can still get the job done. Peters recorded 47 tackles and 1 interception with Baltimore last season. Peters has also expressed a desire to play for the silver and black as he is an Oakland native.
Vegas should also look to bring back corner Rock Ya-Sin who played exceptionally well for them while healthy last season.
5. G, Isaac Seumalo
Seumalo is coming off a fantastic season and a Super Bowl appearance as part of the best offensive line in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. Seumalo likely comes with a $12m price tag but would fill a major hole along the Raiders offensive line.
If the Raiders are able to make moves like these we should be seeing a much improved team from last season. They fill major holes on the defense while not necessarily breaking the bank and fill their biggest need on offense outside of the Quarterback position.take note the common theme is defense! The raiders were ranked in the bottom third in total team defense that must change in a division with Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and a potentially improved Russell Wilson with the addition of Sean Payton as Denver Broncos head coach.
One thing is for certain, things are about get very interesting and I for one am excited to see the new look Las Vegas Raiders headed into the 2023 season.