5 Available Free Agents Still Within Oakland Raiders' Reach
Thus far, a number of proven veterans have been brought in to address areas of need, and most of them were signed to relatively team-friendly contracts.
The Raiders are doing their best to upgrade the roster’s talent in the short term, ideally then allowing both the front office and coaching staff the time to continue adding and developing younger players as well.
At this point, many of the players who still find themselves without teams have injury concerns. As the offseason goes on, those players can continue to get healthy and prove as much to interested teams.
Always in search of ways to add further depth, here are five available free agents the Raiders should still be targeting this offseason.
OL J’Marcus Webb
Already having signed Austin Howard, Donald Penn and Kevin Boothe, addressing the offensive line was clearly among the Raiders’ top priorities this offseason.
Although the starting lineup is likely now set as a result, the additions shouldn’t stop there. As the Raiders witnessed firsthand throughout the 2013 season, you can never have enough depth on the offensive front.
Former Chicago Bear J’Marcus Webb remains a free agent, and he would be a good addition to bolster that very depth.
He is still just 25 years old, but he already has valuable experience at both tackle spots.
Webb is a good fit for the Raiders’ power-blocking scheme and could bring plenty of value as a backup tackle on both sides, and possibly even at guard as well.
DE Anthony Spencer
Much like the offensive line, addressing the defensive front was certain to be a priority for the Raiders this offseason.
The pass rush should be much improved with the additions of Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley on the edge, but establishing a capable rotation is the best way to have all players at their best.
One of the best remaining free agents for this need is former Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer.
Spencer is one of several free-agent players only still available because he is coming off of an injury, but the Raiders should be one of many teams in the mix when he gets healthy.
Spencer just turned 30 years old, but his 11-sack season in 2012 shows that he still has plenty to offer. Adding him to the pass-rush rotation could be a great value signing for the Raiders later on in the offseason.
DE/OLB O’Brien Schofield
While he will have some injury concerns to address after having a failed physical void a deal he was set to sign with the Giants at the beginning of free agency, he can contribute if healthy.
For the Raiders, a 4-3 team like Seattle, Schofield would likely fit as a nickel defensive end, depth player at linebacker and regular contributor on special teams.
He has flashed potential in his opportunities as a pass-rusher, and like Spencer, he could excel as part of a rotation up front.
LB Pat Angerer
The linebacker spot is one of a few the Raiders haven’t added to thus far, but the opportunity to improve its depth and competition should be something they look to do as the offseason goes on.
One of the more interesting names on the market is former Colts linebacker Pat Angerer.
Angerer’s career got off to a hot start, highlighted by a 148-tackle sophomore season in 2011, but he has struggled with injuries since.
Like many other current free agents, proving his health to teams at some point this offseason will afford him plenty of opportunities around the league.
As they continue to add to their depth across the board, the Raiders should be one of the teams interested in a young and talented player like Angerer.
CB Terrell Thomas
Having already added former 49ers Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, the Raiders’ cornerback unit should be much improved in 2014.
Even so, cornerback is another position that requires a significant amount of depth, and the Raiders have come to realize as much over the past few seasons.
A proven player still available, and one the Raiders have already met with this offseason, is former New York Giant Terrell Thomas.
Adding Thomas to the mix as the dime corner, of course with the opportunity to compete for more snaps, would be a good value signing for the Raiders.
The two sides already having met makes this a fairly realistic match, and it could become more likely as Thomas further seeks out his market as a free agent.