Now that some dust has settled and more details have come out about the Las Vegas Raiders’ recent moves in free agency, more and more people are weighing in on them.
The reviews are mixed but not surprising. CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin is a big fan of the Raiders’ transactions. Benjamin gave out four. ‘A’ grades — two or three teams did get ‘A-’s’ — and Las Vegas was one of them.
“Apparently, they are all in on Derek Carr and an immediate title run,” writes Benjamin. “Adams is the biggest addition, by far, and suddenly elevates the Vegas offense from “probably good”To “probably dangerous,”With No. Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller (silver) and Hunter Renfrow (black) join the ranks. Jones, meanwhile, gives them an elite one-two punch off the edge opposite Maxx Crosby.”
The bad news is that two of the three are not good. ‘A-teams’You can also play in AFC West
Here’s what Benjamin had to say about the Los Angeles Chargers:
It’s very possible they overpaid for [J.C.]Jackson at corner (5 year, $82.5 million) but they have every right to be all in on their opening window Justin HerbertQB. Their defense is already much better than it appears on paper. Williams’s retention was huge.
Then there’s the Denver BroncosHis other ‘A-team’:
It’s hard to give them anything but an “A”Russell Wilson is the reason for this offseason. They promised to be aggressive as a QB, and they did. [D.J.]Jones is their next best addition. He gives an already solid defense an ascending big-man on the interior. They may have paid too much [Randy]Gregory is a five-year, $70 million investment. But he has the potential to bring long-term upside. Bradley Chubb.
Even the Kansas City ChiefsThe writer gave me a good grade and I filled out the report card with a ‘B-’.
The end of the era was signalled by Reid’s addition Tyrann Mathieu era, but it’s a decent long-term gamble. Let’s see how they handle the D-line beyond restructuring Frank Clark’s deal. Judging by AFC West standards, they’ve had a very quiet offseason.
The division was tough last season with three of four teams finishing over.500, and the Broncos finishing at seven tenths. This was second to the 8-9 Ravens’ last-place record. Browns. The AFC West looks like it will be a fierce dog fight, with all four teams having a chance of making the playoffs. It could also be too competitive, and the teams might start eliminating one another.