3. Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders are a surging team with a new head coach in place (sort of). After an embarrassing start to the 2023 season, the Silver and Black gave head coach Josh McDaniels the boot. Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce was then chosen as the interim to end the year. Surprisingly, Las Vegas was a much better team, more competitive, under Pierce.
Players responded positively to Pierce, and owner Mark Davis decided to make him the head coach full-time. Davis also brought in Tom Telesco aboard to be the general manager. Now, Pierce and Telesco will be tasked with restocking the roster with talent. Their biggest priority will be to find a long-term answer at quarterback but they have other holes to fill.
While the Raiders have a dominant pass rusher in Maxx Crosby, they need another one on the opposite edge. Malcolm Koonce showed promise in 2023, registering eight sacks but he may be better suited for a rotational role. If Telesco wants to start his stint in Las Vegas with a bang, he should then give the Jaguars a call and inquire about Josh Allen.
A couple of years ago, the Las Vegas Rams were willing to give the Carolina Panthers a couple of first-round picks in exchange for Brians. Josh Allen may command that kind of compensation if he were on the trade block. The Raiders have the draft picks and the cap space to make it happen. It would be up to Jacksonville to listen. An alternative package could include a first-round pick and wide receiver Davante Adams.
Adams would be a huge addition in case the Jaguars aren't planning to bring Calvin Ridley back. They would have to pay the remainder of Adam's salary but they would get to keep the second-round pick they would otherwise have to give up if they re-signed Ridley. That would be a pretty sweet deal. The downside? That the Jags would no longer have Allen around.