3. Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive line will look very different in 2021. After moving on from long-time right guard Gabe Jackson, they also parted ways with left guard Richie Incognito. Releasing Jackson freed up $9.6 million in cap space while Incognito’s departure saved them around $5 million. Although they are interested in bringing back the Nebraska product on a more affordable deal, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic, they may be outbid for his services in the open market.
To add insult to injury, reserve interior lineman Denzell Good is scheduled to hit the open market and if he signs with another team in free agency, the Raiders will have lost their top three guards from 2020. It’s uncertain how Las Vegas’ brass plans to replenish their interior offensive line but they will have enough cap space to make a few additions in free agency. Brandon Scherff may be out of the question, as he’s going to command retail compensation in the open market and the Raiders also have to fix other roster holes.
However, trading for or signing Andrew Norwell could be an option. He’s not as dominant as Incognito, but the latter is in the twilight of his 15-year NFL career and it’s unknown how much gas he has left in the tank. Meanwhile, Norwell had a solid 2020 campaign, earning a 67.9 Pro Football Grade, the 21st-best for a guard last season.