The Oakland Raiders have been one of the more active teams during the 2019 offseason, and in 2020, they could be just as busy as they were this year.
When the Oakland Raiders picked Mike Mayock to be their next general manager, they were looking for a guy who could come in and make big changes within the organization. Mayock, a former NFL draft analyst, wasted no time getting his feet wet in his first stint as a GM, trading with the Pittsburgh Steelers for wide receiver Antonio Brown.
For Brown, Mayock only had to send back a third and fifth round pick, a deal that was considered a fleecing by many. You see, Pittsburgh was originally looking for two first round picks for Brown, who has hauled in at least 100 receptions in six straight seasons.
From there, Mayock began adding talent via free agency, bringing in guys like Tyrell Williams, Trent Brown, Lamarcus Joyner, Vontaze Burfict, and Brandon Marshall. The rookie GM has completely revamped this roster, and while he was very busy this offseason, he may end up being even busier next offseason.
Of the 90 players on their current roster, 43 of them will be some kind of free agent next year, including some of the best players on the roster.
Center Rodney Hudson is the best in the game at his position, and we have already gotten into why re-signing him is priority No. 1 next offseason. Hudson has been to two Pro Bowls in the Silver and Black, and should have gone to a third last season, as he is the absolute cornerstone of this Raiders offensive line.
In addition to Hudson, three key members of their secondary are also entering free agency, including Daryl Worley, Karl Joseph, and Nevin Lawson. With the addition of Johnathan Abram via the 2019 NFL Draft, Joseph may be deemed expendable next offseason, while Worley and Lawson will be battling for a starting job in 2019.
Many of the free agent signings the Raiders inked this offseason are one-year deals, so they will definitely need to prove their worth this upcoming season. The tandem of Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden have done a nice job building up this roster this offseason, but it looks like it will be back to the drawing board next offseason as well.
Now, the No. 43 seems like a big number, but when you really look at the list, there are a ton of guys who will likely not make the team this summer. It will be interesting to revisit this list after the preseason ends, and the regular season games kick off on September 9.
Oakland opens up their 2019 NFL season against AFC West rival Denver at home on Monday Night Football, in what is likely their last season in the Bay Area.
In addition to all the personnel moves the Raiders will have to handle, they will also be moving, as the 2020 season will be their first as the Las Vegas Raiders. The next 12 months are going to be extremely busy for this franchise, as they look to see what they have for the next era of Raiders football.