NFL free agency is among us, and the Las Vegas Raiders have a lot of work to do. Coming off a disappointing season, the Raiders must improve on defense. Also, with the recent cuts of Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson, the Raiders must look into the offensive line. But the defense is what hurt the Raiders last year.
Las Vegas gave up a franchise-high 478 points and allowed 29.9 points per game. You are not going to beat many teams with numbers like that. Also, Las Vegas allowed points on 50.3% of their defensive possessions. So you can see the defense must improve.
Bud Dupree Edge
Las Vegas finished 29th in sacks and has struggled with a pass rush since Khalil Mack‘s trade. It is time for the Raiders to spend some money on an edge rusher. You have to pressure the quarterback to be successful in the NFL, and signing Bud Dupree would help. Dupree has 39.5 sacks in his six years in the NFL. In the past two seasons, he has compiled 19.5 sacks, and he is just 28 years old. Dupree is due for a big payday; the question is the Raiders be willing to play. They should if they want the defense to get better, Dupree can rush the passer.
Dalvin Tomlinson NT
With Johnathan Hankins being free-agent and the Raiders not sure he will come back, they could turn to Dalvin Tomlinson. Tomlinson run-stuffing tackle that has averaged about 50 tackles the last four seasons. He is young and could plug the middle of the Raiders defense. With a defensive tackle like Tomlinson taking up double teams could free up Nick Kwaitski to make plays at middle linebacker. Tomlinson also had 3.5 sacks last season, so there is some pass-rush ability there.
John Johnson III
Another position the Raiders have neglected for years is the safety position. Hopefully, this year they address it. John Johnson III for the Los Angeles Rams would be a massive addition to the Raiders’ secondary. Johnson is versatile; he can play deep safety, play in the box, and even play some slot corner. Las Vegas could use that versatility at safety.
If Las Vegas wants to fix their defense, these are the type of players they need to add. Young players that can be crucial pieces to a defense. They won’t come cheap with 40 million in cap space Las Vegas must open up that pocketbook and spend wisely. We will see what happens in the upcoming days.
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