The Las Vegas Raiders underwent some major changes this off-season. They overhauled the front office and coaching staff, bringing in a New England Patriots duo to lead the changes. Dave Zeigler is taking over as general manager while Josh McDaniels is the new head man on the sidelines.
They also made some splash additions to the roster. On offense, All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams was acquired in a trade from the Green Bay Packers to provide Derek Carr with an elite go-to option. On defense, Chandler Jones was brought in to bolster the pass rush and complement Maxx Crosby.
The Raiders are looking to build off of last season’s playoff appearance, but that will be easier said than done. They are playing in the toughest division in the NFL as the AFC West is loaded with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are looking like potentially elite teams.
All of those teams feature explosive offenses led by Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. Continuing to upgrade the defense is the way to go and Las Vegas could use some more help in the trenches.
One player who could help them out is defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh expressed interest in playing for the Raiders earlier this offseason and remains a free agent as what he was seeking contract-wise was a sticking point.
“There’s interest from the Raiders, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Athletic, but the issue is the price,” The Athletic’s Tashan Reed wrote. “Suh is seeking a contract with an annual value of $9 million per year.”
Given the amount of cap space that Las Vegas has, that should no longer be an issue. Looking to be as competitive as possible, the Raider should pounce on signing Suh before another team beats them to the punch.
He has been extremely durable throughout his career, missing only two games in 12 seasons. Suh remains productive as well, racking up six sacks in back-to-back seasons and remaining a productive player in the middle of the defensive line.