After June 1, the Las Vegas Raiders will have about $19.8 million in additional cap space because they designated linebacker Cory Littleton and defensive end Carl Nassib as post-June 1 cuts.
Per Over the Cap, the Raiders currently have $5.5 million in cap space, which means general manager Dave Ziegler will have more than enough financial resources to patch up shallow areas on the depth chart.
With several big names left on the open market, the Raiders can potentially sign one or two before the team takes a break for several weeks between the end of mandatory minicamp in mid-June and training camp in late July.
Let’s file down the Raiders’ free-agent options to the top three and rank them based on priority. Which name should appear atop Ziegler’s shortlist?
3. DT Ndamukong Suh
The Raiders have revamped their defensive line with several additions between free agency and the draft, though Johnathan Hankins and Bilal Nichols may be the only players who are near locks for prominent roles.
As rookies, Neil Farrell Jr. (fourth-rounder) and Matthew Butler (fifth-rounder) should make the 53-man roster, but they would likely have to flash through the preseason to earn significant playing time for the regular season.
If the Raiders sign Ndamukong Suh, he would be an upgrade over Vernon Butler, who hasn’t moved the needle since the 2019 campaign. According to The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have a strong interest in re-signing Suh.