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Raiders 2019 offseason scorecard: Trades, signings, cuts, NFL draft picks

Raiders 2019 offseason scorecard: Trades, signings, cuts, NFL draft picks

RAIDERS 2019 OFFSEASON SCORECARD
Salary cap space:
$28 million
(Salary cap space is an estimation based upon OverTheCap.com’s Raiders cap space total heading into NFL free agency, with adjustments based upon contracts given out to veterans since that time. Exact contract details, specifically 2019 cap hits, for Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams have not been made public. The number above should be viewed as a rough sketch of how much space the Raiders have available. NOTE: The team must set roughly $10 million to pay their NFL draft picks)

VETERAN ADDITIONS
-- WR Antonio Brown (trade: Pittsburgh): 3 years/$50.125 million, $30 million guaranteed
-- OT Trent Brown (UFA; New England): 4 years/$66 million, $36.25 million guaranteed
-- DB Lamarcus Joyner (UFA; L.A. Rams): 4 years/$42 million, $16.7 million guaranteed
-- WR Tyrell Williams (UFA; L.A. Chargers): 4 years/$44 million, $22 million guaranteed

RE-SIGNED/EXTENSIONS
-- DT Johnathan Hankins (UFA): 2 years/$8.5 million, $5.25 million guaranteed
-- S Erik Harris (RFA): 2 years/$6.5 million, $2.5 million guaranteed
-- K Daniel Carlson (ERFA): 1-year qualifying offer
-- OL Denzelle Good (UFA): 1 year/$1.8 million, $500,000 guaranteed

*-Contract figures obtained by overthecap.com or NFLPA sources

SUBTRACTIONS
-- OL Jon Feliciano (UFA; Buffalo): 2 years/$8 million

TOP UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
-- TE Jared Cook (UFA)
-- WR Jordy Nelson (UFA)
-- QB AJ McCarron (UFA)
-- CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA)
-- RB Marshawn Lynch (UFA)
-- RB Doug Martin (UFA)
-- S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA)
-- S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
-- DL Clinton McDonald (UFA)
-- CB Leon Hall (UFA)
-- WR/KR Dwayne Harris (UFA)
-- WR Brandon LaFell (UFA)
-- RB Jalen Richard (RFA): 1-year tender: $3.095 million
-- CB Daryl Worley (RFA): 1-year tender: $3.095 million
-- WR Martavis Bryant (UFA)
-- DL Frostee Rucker (UFA)
-- LS Trent Sieg (ERFA)
-- WR Marcell Ateman (ERFA)

UFA -- Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team, count towards possible compensatory draft picks
RFA -- Restricted free agent: Free to sign with any club, but Raiders retain right of first refusal
EFA -- Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

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RAIDERS 2019 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round:
No. 4 overall
2. First round: No. 24 overall
3. First round: No. 27 overall
4. Second round: No. 35 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 106 overall
6. Fifth round: No. 140 overall
7. Seventh round: No. 218 overall
8. Seventh round: No. 235 overall

Why Raiders won award for Khalil Mack trade at MIT Sloan conference

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Why Raiders won award for Khalil Mack trade at MIT Sloan conference

Daryl Morey is rooting for a team from ... Oakland?

The Houston Rockets general manager, whose Warriors obsession does not quite equate to fondness, told The Athletic's Vic Tafur he is "rooting for the Raiders" this season. The reason is even more surprising than the geography.

The Raiders won the Alpha Award at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston for "Best Transaction."

The deal?

Trading Khalil Mack (and a second-round pick) to the Chicago Bears for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020 and a third-round selection in 2020. 

“Everybody else thought it was a terrible trade, but draft picks are very valuable,” Morey told The Athletic over the phone Saturday. “Analytics tends to fly in the face of popular convention pretty often. We don’t care about what people say.”

Morey was a member of the voting panel and co-founded the conference. When he called Raiders president Marc Badain to tell him the Silver and Black took home the award, Badain thought it was a joke. 

"I had to tell him several times that I wasn't kidding," Morey said. "I guess they took a lot of heat for that."

That is an understatement. Mack finished the 2018 season with a half-a-sack fewer (12.5) than the Raiders did as a team (13), and made first-team All-Pro for the third time in the last four years. 

The 28-year-old also led the Bears to their first NFC North title (and a playoff berth) since 2010. That means the first-round selection the Raiders will ultimately receive is No. 24 overall, which is far lower than the team initially envisioned. 

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Of course, that pick is now one of five first-rounders the Silver and Black will have at its disposal in the next two drafts. That gives the Raiders a sizable opportunity to reshape their roster in the wake of winning just 10 games over the last two seasons.

The Mack trade was responsible for two of those selections, as well as the Raiders' newfound silverware. Morey said he was told the trophy is on Gruden's office desk. 

Whether any other trophies join the collection depends, at least in part, on what the Raiders do with the picks they got for Mack. 

NFL rumors: Raiders hosting veteran linebackers Manti Te'o, Aaron Lynch

NFL rumors: Raiders hosting veteran linebackers Manti Te'o, Aaron Lynch

The Raiders have made significant additions this offseason with some big-name free-agent signings. Most of those additions, however, have come to their offense. 

Aside from safety Lamarcus Joyner, the Raiders haven't put too much time into a defense that allowed a franchise-worst 467 points in 2018. They need significant help at linebacker, and are starting to look at some veteran names.

On Monday, NFL media's Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders hosted free-agent linebackers Manti Te'o and Aaron Lynch. Former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was released Monday, and could be a name of interest for the Silver and Black. 

Injuries have derailed Te'o's career ever since entering the NFL in 2013. He only played in five games last season for the Saints, but is healthy now and the 29-year-old could be a cheap option. Lynch, who played his first four seasons for the 49ers, played 13 games for the Bears in 2018 where he recorded 16 tackles and three sacks. 

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Burfict, 28, has been defined by suspensions and dirty play. He's been suspended three times in his seven-year career, and missed the first four games last season due to violating the league's PED policy. Last year he played in seven games and finished with 33 tackles. 

The Raiders currently have a trio of Marquel Lee, Jason Cabinda and Tahir Whitehead. Upgrades are expected in the draft, but a serviceable veteran should be a priority, too.