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Raiders' 2020 offseason scorecard: Trades, signings, NFL draft picks

Raiders' 2020 offseason scorecard: Trades, signings, NFL draft picks

The Raiders have been active remodeling their roster for the 2020 NFL season, their first in the Las Vegas market. They agree on contract terms with several veteran free agents, including a bevy of defensive upgrades.

Cory Littleton highlights a strong class that has effectively drained the Raiders’ available 2020 salary-cap space but is loaded with contracts that don’t handicap the club down the road.

The Raiders have been selective re-signing their own free agents, with several remaining on the open market. The Silver and Black also have significant draft capital to shore up other needs.

Here’s a look at everything the Raiders have done to this point. Bookmark the Raiders 2020 offseason scoreboard to see exactly where the Silver and Black stand. This story will be updated often.

RAIDERS' 2020 OFFSEASON SCORECARD
Salary-cap space: 
$8,128,266

VETERAN ADDITIONS
-- LB Cory Littleton: 3 years, $35.25 million ($22 million guaranteed)
-- LB Nick Kwiatkoski: 3 years, $21 million ($13.5 million guaranteed)
-- DB Damarious Randall: 1 year, $2.1 million ($1.5 million guaranteed)
-- DT Maliek Collins: 1 year, $6 million ($5.75 million guaranteed)
-- TE Jason Witten: 1 year, $4 million ($3.5 million guaranteed)
-- S Jeff Heath: 2 years, $6 million ($2.85 million guaranteed)
-- DE Carl Nassib: 3 years, $25 million ($17 million guaranteed)
-- QB Marcus Mariota: 2 years, $17.6 million ($7.5 million guaranteed)
-- WR Nelson Agholor: 1 year, $1.047 million ($887k guaranteed)
-- TE Nick O’Leary: 1 year, $910k ($137k guaranteed)
-- OL Eric Kush: 1 year, $910k ($137k guaranteed)

RE-SIGNED/EXTENSIONS
-- RB Jalen Richard: 2 years, $7 million ($3.375 million guaranteed)
-- OL Denzelle Good:1 year, $2.5 million ($1.4 million guaranteed)
-- LG Richie Incognito: 2 years, $12.7 million ($5 million guaranteed)
-- CB Nevin Lawson: 1 year, $1.9 million ($950k guaranteed)
-- RB Rod Smith: 1 year, $910k
-- OG Jordan Devey; 1 year, $910k
-- LB Kyle Wilber: 1 year, $1.05 million ($137k guaranteed)
-- LS Trent Sieg (EFRA), tendered, $750k

*-Contract figures obtained by overthecap.com or NFLPA sources, except where otherwise noted

SUBTRACTIONS
-- S Karl Joseph (UFA, Cleveland);1 year, $2.5 million
-- LB Tahir Whitehead (released, Carolina); 1 year, $2.5 million
-- DE Benson Mayowa (UFA, Seattle); terms unknown
-- RB DeAndre Washington (UFA Kansas City), terms unknown

TOP UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
-- CB Daryl Worley (UFA)
-- LB Vontaze Burfict (UFA)
-- QB Mike Glennon (UFA)
-- WR/RS Dwayne Harris (UFA)
-- DE Josh Mauro (UFA)
-- RB Isaiah Crowell (UFA)
-- S Curtis Riley (UFA)
-- LB Will Compton (UFA)
-- DL Dion Jordan (UFA)
-- LB Nicholas Morrow (RFA); second-round tender, $3 million
-- QB Nate Peterman (RFA), original-round tender, $2.1 million
-- OT David Sharpe (RFA), original-round tender, $2.1 million
-- K Daniel Carlson (EFRA), tendered, $750k
-- S Dallin Leavitt (EFRA), tendered, $750k
-- CB D.J. Killings (EFRA), tendered, $750k

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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2020 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 12 overall
2. First round: No. 19 overall
3. Third round: No. 80 overall
4. Third round: No. 81 overall
5. Third round: No. 91 overall
6. Fourth round: No. 121 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 159 overall

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders in solid salary-cap standing heading into event

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders in solid salary-cap standing heading into event

Damarious Randall’s deal with the Raiders went across the NFL transaction wire on Tuesday. The defensive back was the last veteran free-agent addition to get processed by the league and the players union, meaning all of the Silver and Black’s new players are now official.

That gives us a crystal-clear look at the Raiders salary cap situation and where they stand heading into the NFL draft.

The Raiders have $8.128 million in salary-cap space, according to a daily public report issued Thursday morning by the NFL Players Association. That’s a smidge under the roughly $9.4 million OverTheCap.com estimates required to sign their NFL draft class as currently slotted, but certainly not a big deal that won’t have to be addressed until picks start signing in May and June.

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There are plenty of corrections to be made through cutting expendable players -- they still have four veteran quarterbacks on the roster -- or a minor restructure to get under the financial threshold.

The draft could also take care of the issue, especially if the Raiders trade down or end up with few selections than they currently own.

The Raiders were able to add 12 veterans in unrestricted free agents and retained eight through extensions or various contract tenders.

Restructuring Rodney Hudson’s contract was key to adding this many new folks, as they shuffled his money around to spread out what would’ve been a significant 2020 salary cap hit.

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The Raiders would be in a different space had the Eli Apple deal gone through. He was set to sign a one-year deal worth $6 million before the pact fell apart. Randall came aboard after that on a one-year contract worth up to $3.25 million, but it comes with a $1.5 million base salary and a $2.1 million cap hit.

That swap was a win for the on-field product and salary-cap standing, though it intensifies the need to find a cornerback in the NFL draft.

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders could strike gold with Day 2 cornerback gems

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders could strike gold with Day 2 cornerback gems

The Raiders struck gold in the 2019 NFL Draft by finding Trayvon Mullen, a potential lockdown corner in the second round.

You can pencil Mullen as the starting cornerback on one side of the field for the foreseeable future. The Raiders tried to address the cornerback position in free agency, but they missed out on Byron Jones and Chris Harris Jr. After their deal with Eli Apple fell apart, cornerback became a pressing need to be addressed in the NFL draft.

The 2020 cornerback class has one surefire star in Ohio State's Jeff Okudah and two-to-five other likely NFL starters that should go in the first 40 picks. That's pretty much the range for elite cornerbacks. Over the last four years, Richard Sherman (fifth-round), A.J. Bouye (undrafted) and Malcolm Butler (undrafted) were the only three All-Pro cornerbacks who weren't drafted in the first two rounds. The other 13 all were taken at the top of the draft.

That doesn't mean it's impossible to find talent at cornerback later in the draft, it just means it's a little less likely. The Raiders should be able to address their cornerback need in Round 1, but there are a few later-round guys who they should target if the draft goes a different way.

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Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn

Igbinoghene arrived on The Plains as a talented receiver recruit and turned into one of the draft's most intriguing cornerback prospects.

A relatively new corner, Igbinoghene has the athleticism and physicality to play at the NFL but he will need to get more comfortable with his coverage instincts. He's an explosive athlete with a high NFL ceiling, but there's no telling how long it will take him to reach it. Over 878 coverage snaps at Auburn, Igbinoghene allowed only three touchdowns. Not bad for a converted wide receiver.

Here's the athleticism:

And improving coverage skills.


Bryce Hall, Virginia

Hall returned for his senior season at Viriginia, but an ankle injury limited him to just six games, hurting his draft stock.

The 6-foot-1 defensive back is long and explosive with tremendous ball skills. He struggled at times in man coverage at Virginia and many analysts beleive he might be best suited for a zone-heavy scheme. While he comes with question marks, Hall has is an intelligent player, high character locker room presence and has the ability to make game-changing plays on the field.

He projects as an NFL starter as long as the fit is right.


Damon Arnette, Ohio State

If you're looking for a starter in press coverage, Damon Arnette is your man.

Overshadowed by his teammate Okudah, the 6-foot cornerback has great quickness, is sticky in man coverage, has the anticipation to play zone and brings exceptional ball skills and body control to the table. He had the lowest passer rating allowed in single man coverage in the NCAA last year.

The Raiders kicked the tires on a Darius Slay trade, but it fell through. Arnette has drawn comparisons to Slay and should be able to start in the NFL on Day 1.


Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State

One of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Dantzler has the height, length, competitiveness and versatility to be a solid NFL cornerback. While some scouts worry about his narrow frame, the tape shows a corner with great coverage skills in man, press and zone.

Dantzler's anticipation and instincts have some analysts believing he'd be a better zone-scheme fit in the NFL. His production across 22 starts at Mississippi State shows a corner who has the tools to fit into any scheme if given the time.

The 6-foot-2 corner also played LSU's Ja'Marr Chase -- the Biletnikoff Award winner and likely top-10 2021 pick -- the best of any corner. While Chase torched Clemson's A.J. Terrell, a likely top 40 pick, in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Dantzler only allowed two catches for 13 yards when targeted by LSU.

However, Dantlzer's 4.64 40 time and 30.5-inch arms will raise a lot of questions about his staying power in the NFL.

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Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame

Potentially one of the most underrated prospects in the draft, Notre Dame's Troy Pride Jr. played well at the Senior Bowl and could be one of the steals of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11 corner has the requisite quickness, speed and change of direction to thrive in man coverage. While he thrives in man, Pride also has the instincts to play zone and has played in a press-scheme as well, making him not scheme dependent.

Hurting Pride are his less than exceptional ball skills and lack of production in run support. While he might not be a Day 1 starter, Pride does have the skills and potential to be a starter in Year 2 or Year 3.