The 2020 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror. And not surprisingly, the Las Vegas Raiders continue to add veteran talent in an attempt to bolster the club.
It’s become an annual offseason ritual for the Silver and Black. Seemingly always with an abundance of salary cap room, the Raiders have once again added their share of free agents, this time heading into the 2020 season and a new home city: Las Vegas.
Early in the process, there were the additions of four former Dallas Cowboys in tight end Jason Witten, safety Jeff Heath and defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Daniel Ross. There was also the signings of linebackers Cory Littleton (Rams) and Nick Kwiatkoski (Bears).
The offense added quarterback Marcus Mariota (Titans) and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Eagles), among others. The team used three of its six draft choices on wideout help, including a first-round selection on Alabama Crimson Tide standout Henry Ruggs III.
Now post draft, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have continued to add veteran performers. Recently, the team signed former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker.
And earlier this week, the club signed veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, who was released earlier this year by the Chicago Bears. This despite the fact that the team selected a pair of corners — Damon Arnette (1b-Ohio State) and Amik Robertson (4-Louisiana Tech) — last month.
Who knows if the franchise is done acquiring veteran talent. Of course, there are numerous good reasons that the Las Vegas Raiders are still looking to get better. Although the team started 6-4 a year ago, the team dropped five of its last six games and once again finished with a losing record.
A franchise that doesn’t ever appear to make progress on the defensive side of the ball continues to tweak its secondary. So could Amukamara be a presence for a team that has an abundance of youth at the cornerback position?