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In addition to their need to make upgrades on the interior defensive line, the Raiders must find a pass rush on the edges as well, and should look to do so in free agency.
One of the better pass rushers on the market, and in the last decade throughout the league, is Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
Allen has been as consistent as any player in getting after the quarterback throughout his career putting up double-digit sacks in the last seven straight seasons and in eight of ten overall.
As good as he is at disrupting the opponent’s passing game, Allen plays the run just as well consistently setting the edge for his defense.
The drawback for the Raiders, of course, would be Allen’s age (32), and his likely preference to play for a winning team in what may be the final contract of his career.
Even still, his recent production has shown few signs of him slowing down and, while most players seek opportunities to play for winning teams, it is up to the Raiders’ staff to show free-agent players, like Allen, why they can be one of those winning teams in short order.
Overall, while there are younger options available at the position, the Raiders won’t find a more consistently productive player than Jared Allen and should pursue him in free agency accordingly.