Jon Gruden Says Raiders Aren’t Done Adding Players In Free Agency

Jon Gruden says the Raiders aren’t done adding players in free agency.

On Tuesday, at the league’s annual meeting, he elaborated on the positions where he’d like to see the Raiders get stronger.

“Our secondary is an area we’re going to continue to look at. Offensive line, offensive tackle is going to be a position we continue to look at. Wide receiver, we’re not done there. I’ll keep going. Inside pass rusher on defense is a priority.”

“Just about every position on the team,” Gruden then added with a smile.

One position Gruden didn’t mention is linebacker and that could be because the Raiders expect to reach a deal with their own NaVorro Bowman.

It will be interesting to see how Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie choose to address offensive tackle and interior defensive linemen going forward.

The free agent market has dried up at those positions and the draft may not offer enough options to address the need.

For now, the Raiders will stick with Donald Penn at left tackle, but Penn has two significant strikes working against him – he turns 35 next month and he’s coming back from a serious foot injury.

There’s also the matter of right tackle. Just a hunch, but watch Vadal Alexander – he might surprise a few people in the months ahead.

As for an interior pass rusher, the Raiders lost Denico Autry to the Colts and have really added only Tank Carradine.

That won’t be enough.

Expect new defensive coordinator to get creative with a couple of last year’s defensive ends playing more on the interior more this year.

If you happen to be taking odds on how the Raiders will spend their first-round pick this year, defensive tackle seems like the most likely as of now – with linebacker coming in a close second.

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7 thoughts on “Jon Gruden Says Raiders Aren’t Done Adding Players In Free Agency

  1. Even if the team brings Bowman (whom I love) back, we still need a ILB for the foreseeable future. My only question is are we drafting the best available when it comes to Vea, Hurst, Edmunds, or Smith?

    1. BPA period but if I had to bank on it Vea has to be the pick. Hurst could slip to 2nd due to questionable health issues. If we do in fact go LB in the 1st hurst in the 2nd would be nice. If we go Vea in the first keep an eye on a guy named malik jefferson out of Texas!

  2. I’m really getting into the idea of drafting Denzel Ward if he’s available at 10, but if Ward isn’t available I wouldn’t reach on a corner considering how deep it is/seems this year. @CarlosVonner I have those guys up their as well; defense should be #1 priority, hands down. Every level of D needs work.

  3. This is my short list on who we should draft.

    1. Denzel Ward
    2. Vito Vita
    3. Tremaine Edmunds
    4. Roquan Smith

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