Raiders 2017 offseason scorecard

Raiders 2017 offseason scorecard

Salary cap space: $35,027,363
(Figure updated as official signings and contracts are reported to the league: 59 players under contract; only top 51 count.)
Source: NFLPA, updated Friday, April 28; NOTE: Total does not include Marshawn Lynch's new contract or rookie draft pool

Veteran additions
-- TE Jared Cook (signed 2-year deal worth $10.6 million, $5 million guaranteed)
-- OL Marshall Newhouse (signed 2-year deal with $3.5 million, $500,000 guaranteed)
-- WR Cardarrelle Patterson (signed 2-year deal worth $8.5 million, $5 million guaranteed)
-- LB Jelani Jenkins (signed 1-year deal worth $1 million, $100,000 guaranteed)
-- QB EJ Manuel (signed 1-year deal with $800,000, $0 guaranteed)
-- RB Marshawn Lynch (signed 2-year deal worth up to $16.5 million, $9 million base salary)

-- LS Jon Condo (signed a 1-year, $1 million contract; $250,000 guaranteed)
-- WR Seth Roberts (signed ERFA tender; $615,000)
-- TE Gabe Holmes (signed ERFA tender, $540,000)
-- OL Denver Kirkland (signed ERFA tender, $540,000)
-- DL Denico Autry (signed original-round RFA tender, $1.797 million)

-- LB Malcolm Smith (signed 5-year deal with 49ers worth $26.5 million contract, $12 million guaranteed)
-- S Nate Allen (signed 1-year deal with Miami worth $3.4 million, $1.4 million guaranteed)
-- CB DJ Hayden (signed 1-year deal with Detroit worth $3.59 million, $1.25 million guaranteed)
-- QB Matt McGloin (signed 1-year deal with Philadelphia worth $800,000, $0 guaranteed)
-- WR Andre Holmes (signed 3-year deal with Buffalo worth $5.15 million, $2.45 million guaranteed)
-- OT Menelik Watson (signed 3-year deal with Denver worth $18.75 million, $5.5 million guaranteed)
-- LB Daren Bates (signed 3-year deal with Tennessee worth $6 million, $1 million guaranteed)
-- S Brynden Trawick (signed 2-year contract with Tennessee worth $4.75 million, $3 million guaranteed)
-- RB Latavius Murray (signed 3-year deal with Minnesota worth $15 million, $3.4 million guranteed)
-- TE Mychal Rivera (signed 2-year deal with Jacksonville worth $3.25 million, $750,000 guaranteed)
-- DT Stacy McGee (signed 5-year deal with Washington worth $25 million, $6.25 million guaranteed)

-- LB Perry Riley
-- S SaQwan Edwards (released)

UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
RFA-Restricted free agent: Raiders have right to match any offer sheet
EFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

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1. First round, No. 24 overall:
CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State
2. Second round, No. 56 overall: S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
3. Third round, No. 88 overall: DT Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
4. Fourth round, No. 130 overall: OT David Sharpe, Florida
5. Fifth round, No. 168 overall: LB Marquel Lee, Wake Forest
6. Seventh round, No. 221 overall: S Shalom Luani, Washington State
7. Seventh round, No. 231 overall: OT Jylan Ware, Alabama State
8. Seventh round, No. 242 overall: RB Elijah Hood, North Carolina

9 Seventh round, No. 244 overall: DT Treyvon Hester, Toledo

NOTE: Raiders undrafted free agent signings can be tracked here.



Following surgery, Raiders activate former second-round pick off PUP list


Following surgery, Raiders activate former second-round pick off PUP list

Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward injured his foot during the team's offseason program and hasn't seen the field since. Last year's second-round pick had it surgically repaired, and missed training camp rehabiltating. 

He's finally ready to go. He passed a physical on Monday and was removed from the physically unable to perform list. The team had a walk-through on Monday. Ward should be active for Tuesday afternoon's practice, the first back at their Alameda practice facility. 

The Illinois product had 30 tackles in 13 starts last season, playing significant snaps with Mario Edwards Jr. out due to a hip injury. He'll have to compete for a spot in the rotation, even after working with the first unit during the offseason program. Rookie third-round pick Eddie Vanderdoes has played well in his absence and could be a three-down player inside. 

Ward was a raw, yet athletic talent capable of playing several techniques across the line. The teams sees great potential, though Ward must continue to develop as a player. 

In addition, the Raiders activated tight end Cooper Helfet off the non-football injury list.

Khalil Mack ready for regular season, but Raiders defense is not


Khalil Mack ready for regular season, but Raiders defense is not

OAKLAND – The Los Angeles Rams assigned two blockers to Khalil Mack, a common practice against the reigning defensive player of the year. Sometimes it works. This time it didn’t.

The Raiders edge rusher split the double team, found his target and pounced. Jared Goff stood zero chance. There was no evading this one. Mack brought last year’s No. 1 overall pick down with authority, claiming a sack that ultimately won’t count in his 2017 total.

The sacks highlighted a dominant performance that also included three quarterback pressures, four total tackles and two for a loss. All that in three series.

Mack’s clearly ready for the regular season. As a whole, the Raiders defense is not.

Saturday’s 24-21 loss to the Rams at Oakland Coliseum proved that point. A below average offense had no trouble scoring on a starting unit that looks a bit lost.

“I thought our defense was poor, in particular early when we started the game,” head coach Jack Del Rio said in a postgame press conference. “We’re going to have to get a whole lot better there.”

It has to happen quickly, with the regular season bearing down and the Raiders still trying to correct the same old thing. Making proper reads and improved communication has been an emphasis this offseason as coaches work to get this defense playing better together. It’s still preseason and there’s time to teach and coach and fix problems, but the defense isn't quite right.

“I think we’ll go a long way when we clean some of those things up,” Del Rio said. “The things that we’ve talked about for too long in terms of communication errors, eye violations and things like that that just keep you from ever being really good on defense. Those just have to get cleaned up.”

Issues are present in the front seven but more obvious in the back, where explosive pass plays continue to plague the starting unit. The Raiders allowed two plays over 20 yards on the first series and six plays of 10 or more yards in three series on Saturday, when the full starting unit was active. The Rams scored 14 points – Mack’s sack squashed the lone non-scoring drive – in those three series.

Del Rio was bothered by misreads and “eye violations,” in coverage, which make things easier for an opposing offense.

“When you see them, it’s not a good thing,” Del Rio said. “Yeah, I mean it’s really simple. You don’t have your eyes where they belong and you’re playing man? You’re playing man or even in zone. If you’re not seeing what you need to see, it makes it hard.”

Fixing these problems could improve execution and make life harder on opponents. It needs to happen this summer or the Raiders will have to win a lot of shootouts.

“Obviously, I identify what the problem is,” Del Rio said. “Getting it fixed is the challenge.”