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A Look Ahead At The Oakland Raiders Upcoming Free Agents

Posted Jan 11, 2017

Let's take a look at the Raiders upcoming free agents.

One of the few constants in the NFL is change.

Head Coach Jack Del Rio said himself during his season-ending press conference that on average, 25 percent of the roster turns over from year to year; such is the business of professional football.

As the Raiders inch through the offseason and prepare for the new league year to begin, the Silver and Black have 13 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, and one set to become a restricted free agent. 

Let’s take a look at each of those players that are scheduled to hit free agency for the Silver and Black.

Free agency officially kicks off March 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT, but teams can begin designating Franchise and Transition Players starting March 1.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Safety Nate Allen

After spending the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, the veteran safety joined the Silver and Black prior to the 2015 season.

Since that point, Allen has appeared in 19 games as a Raider, making seven starts, including four in 2016, after rookie safety Karl Joseph went down because of injury.

Allen recorded two interceptions in 2016, his most since 2014.

Linebacker Daren Bates

Signed last offseason to bolster the Raiders special teams unit, Bates did just that in 2016, as he finished fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles.

The former Auburn Tiger played in all 16 games this season, recording three tackles on defense.

Long Snapper Jon Condo

The Raiders veteran long snapper has been a mainstay on the Raiders special teams units since taking over the long snapping duties in 2007.

Condo has been incredibly reliable since becoming a Raider, starting all 16 games each season since 2007, save 2015, where he missed the final three games of the regular season due to injury.

Cornerback DJ Hayden

Hayden was originally selected in the first round (No. 12 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In his four seasons as a Raider, Hayden has appeared in 45 games, with 25 starts. The former Houston Cougar shifted into the role of the primary nickel cornerback in 2016, appearing in 11 games before he was placed on the Reserve/Injured list December 3.

Wide Receiver Andre Holmes

Holmes joined the Silver and Black after the team claimed him via waivers in May 2013, after stops with the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and the New England Patriots.

Since touching down in the Bay Area, Holmes has caught 100 passes for 1,451 yards, and 12 touchdowns, even leading the Silver and Black with 693 receiving yards in 2014.

In addition to his work on the offensive side of the football, Holmes has been a mainstay on the Raiders special teams units as well; in 2016, Holmes ranked third on the team with nine special teams tackles, as well as one fumble recovery.

Quarterback Matt McGloin

McGloin signed with the Silver and Black as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after wrapping up his career at Penn State.

The fiery signal-caller started seven games his rookie season before serving as Derek Carr’s primary backup for the past three seasons.

After Carr went down with injury Week 16, McGloin got the start in the Raiders regular season finale against the Denver Broncos.

Defensive Tackle Stacy McGee

The Raiders originally selected McGee in the sixth round (No. 205) overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In his four seasons in Silver and Black, McGee has been a force along the interior of the offensive line, appearing in 51 games, making 18 starts.

The former Oklahoma Sooner appeared in nine games in 2016, finishing the season with 18 total tackles, and 2.5 sacks.

Running Back Latavius Murray

After missing all of the 2013 season with a foot injury, Murray bounced back in a big way the following season, finishing 2014 with 424 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

However, 2015 was his most successful season as a Raider, as he led the team with 266 rushes for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl recognition at season’s end.

For his career, Murray has 2,278 rushing yards, and 20 touchdowns to his name.

Linebacker Perry Riley, Jr.

Riley signed with the Silver and Black in early-October prior to the team’s Week 5 matchup with the San Diego Chargers, and was inserted into the starting lineup almost immediately.

Riley started the final 11 games for the Raiders, and finished 2016 with 62 total tackles, two passes defensed, and two forced fumbles.

Tight End Mychal Rivera

The Raiders selected Rivera in the sixth round (No. 184 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee.

In his four seasons in Silver and Black, Rivera has appeared in 61 games, hauling in 146 catches for 1,413 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith

The former Super Bowl MVP joined the Raiders prior to the 2015 season, and his been a mainstay on the team’s defense since then, starting every game except one.

In 2016, Smith led the Raiders with 115 tackles, as well as one interception, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Safety Brynden Trawick

After spending the first three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Trawick signed with the Silver and Black in March.

The versatile safety played in 15 games this season for the Raiders, and led the team with 14 tackles on special teams.

Tackle Menelik Watson

The Raiders selected the British national in the second round (No. 42 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Since joining the Raiders, Watson has appeared in 27 games with 17 starts, and has shown to be a versatile piece along the team’s offensive line.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT

Defensive Lineman Denico Autry

The interior lineman signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2014, and since he put on the Silver and Black, Autry has appeared in 40 games with 15 starts.

In 2016, No. 96 appeared in all 16 games, finishing the season with 37 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries.