The Raiders need help rushing off the edge and turned to an old friend to aid the effort.
Benson Mayowa agreed Friday on terms of a contract that will bring him back to the Silver and Black, a league source told NBC Sports California.
Mayowa’s one-year contract could exceed $3 million if he hits certain marks.
The defensive end played for Oakland in 2014 and 2015 largely as a reserve. He had a career-high six sacks for Dallas in 2016, and had four with Arizona last season.
Adding Mayowa will help with depth at defensive end, though the Raiders still need more at the position. It remains a pressing need heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, where the Raiders should look for one or two edge rushers during the selection process. At least one should come high and be able to make an instant impact playing significant snaps.
Mayowa joins Arden Key, Josh Mauro and AAF alum Alex Barrett at defensive end, so they can at least fill out a two-deep now.
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The Raiders need front-line talent there to improve the league’s worst pass rush of only 13 sacks from a year ago.
With training camp two months away, the Raiders already are pretty much set with their offensive and defensive starting lineups. Yes, camp always creates a surprise or two, and the Raiders would welcome any sort of competition across the lineup to raise the level of play.
But if you assume first-round pick Henry Ruggs gets a starting nod at wide receiver and that free agent pickups Cory Littleton (LB), Nick Kwiatkoski (LB), Damarious Randall (S) and Maliek Collins (DT) do the same at their positions, it means only a few big battles loom for starting jobs.
Here is a look at three:
With Travon Mullen solidifying himself as a starter at one cornerback, the Raiders go to training camp needing to find a starter at the other cornerback spot.
The Raiders’ proceeds from the sale of personal seat licenses at Allegiant Stadium continues to smash original estimates and has now climbed to $549 million.
Initial estimates by the team projected PSL sales would generate around $250 million.
When the PSLs sold out in January, the revenue generated by sales sat at $478 million. The new total provided at Thursday’s Las Vegas Stadium Authority board meeting revealed that number is still rising.
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The $71 million increase from January is tied to seat holders who are on the various financing plans making payments, according to Raiders President Marc Badain.
All the proceeds from the PSL sales are being infused into the nearly $2 billion stadium now under construction.