NFL 2022: Predicting one cap casualty for every team this offseason

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NFL 2022 – Running back Kenyan Drake #23 of the Las Vegas Raiders (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

Las Vegas Raiders

Potential Cap Casualty: Kenyan Drake

One of the more disappointing players from last offseason’s signing, Kenyan Drake looked like he had finally turned the corner with the Cardinals. The Raiders signed him to a relatively large contract in hopes that he would be a good counterpart to Josh Jacobs. They didn’t get their money’s worth, as Drake played sparingly and wasn’t overly effective when on the field.

While Las Vegas isn’t hurting for cap space, there isn’t a huge incentive to keep Drake around. While having a capable backup running back is nice, it isn’t worth the $8.25 million he is going to count against the team this season. They can instantly save $3 million by cutting him, and it’s a move they seriously need to make.

While keeping or cutting Drake won’t change much for the Raiders, the three million they save would be worth moving on. Drake isn’t worth it at this point to be making that much but only playing 25 percent of the time. That money could be better used elsewhere. Drake is a fine player, but he isn’t worth the money he is set to earn.